Architecture-Building Insect Robot Drones: Kewl and Creepy All At Once

This video amazes, amuses, and well, completely freaks me out.

Let me just say that the idea of drones building architecture with mathematical precision is mesmerizing.

And the fact that they remind me of giant insects makes me giggle.

Until I think about it for a little too long and then I get completely creeped out.

This was put together as an architectural representation of a full-scale construction project that can house 30,000 people. It's a comment on architecture and how it can be dynamically created.

According to the video description:
The installation, called "Flight Assembled Architecture", was conceived and built by teams led by my colleagues Fabio Gramazio & Matthias Kohler as well as Raffaello D'Andrea at the ETH Zurich. It illustrates a radically new way of thinking about materializing architecture: Use a multitude of mobile flying agents working in parallel and acting together as a scalable production means. As you can see in the video, the quadrocopters are programmed to interact, lift, transport and assemble small modules in order to erect a building.
Which means that these cute little buggy robots would become really huge oversized insects carrying super heavy components up over the landscape and placing them in formation to build a city. Which is at once totally sci-fi movie kewl and throws up all sorts of alarms at the same time. It's truly mind-blowing. And I wonder how far we are from this being actualized.

Take a look for yourself, but don't think about it too much {shivers}:



(Source: One Cool Thing a Day)