Flying drones play musical concert

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

hexrotor musicians
The hexrotor drones can play it all. Drums, keyboard, and bells… you name it!

KMel Robotics is pushing the envelope with a swarm of flying drones that can play musical instruments! High-tech companies Intel and Lockheed Martin helped out, tweaking the machines to crash cymbals, hit drums, bust out piano skills, and play songs like “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Carol of the Bells”.

The machines fly with hexrotors, meaning they have 6 spinning propellers to stay afloat, and the little guys can zip around with ease like futuristic wasps. Although they’re normally used for spying on enemies or finding disaster victims in places too dangerous for humans, the well-coordinated gadgets are apparently quite the musical maestros.

In fact, these little devils are so impressive, they’ll be going on tour! If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC this weekend, the hexrotor drones will be performing live. What can you expect to see them do exactly? The company says, “The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp.”

Images courtesy of KMel Robotics.