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Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame.

The objective

The GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania was instrumental in developing the early technology of consumer drones in the early 2010s. In 2012, Vijay Kumar, the leader of the lab, was asked to do a TED Talk at the annual convention in California for TED2012. Dr. Kumar wanted to end his talk with a fun videos showing off their drone developments.

The solution

Dr. Kumar and his team approached Kurtis to help turn around a head-turning video in a few days. They locked themselves in the lab filming over the weekend, and flew to California with the video on a thumb drive the next morning. The end result was a video that took the Internet by storm; and was published by The New York Times, WSJ, NBC, ABC and thousands of news sites all over the world and eventually would be featured in a number of museum installations including at the Smithsonian.

We Are Offshore Wind

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Vineyard Wind is currently building the nation's first commercial-scale offshore wind energy project over 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. The project will generate clean, renewable, affordable energy for over 400,000 homes and businesses across... SEE FULL CASE STUDY ›

Building a Carbon-free Future

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Watch Christopher Guérin and Christopher Minardi discuss how Nexans is leading the charge to a more connected and sustainable world by building the energy highways of tomorrow. SEE FULL CASE STUDY ›

Leaders in the Energy Transition

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Vineyard Offshore is spearheading the Offshore Wind industry. Our New York projects can deliver a total capacity of over 2.6 GW, these projects have the potential to power over 1 million homes in New York with clean and affordable energy, avoiding carbon... SEE FULL CASE STUDY ›

Birth of the Robots

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Created from a vast trove of thousands and thousands of newly discovered pieces of footage from the early days of robotics, going back to the early 1980s. The public has never seen most of this footage. Collected from the archives of three preeminent... SEE FULL CASE STUDY ›

Why Swarthmore?

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Why Swarthmore? We asked members of the Class of 2019 to reflect on their Swarthmore journeys, and the question "Why Swarthmore?" SEE FULL CASE STUDY ›

Building Wind Farms

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American Clean Power (ACP) is the leading voice of today’s multi-tech clean energy industry and they wanted to tell an inspiring story of someone working on an offshore wind project. SEE FULL CASE STUDY ›

Making a COVID Vaccine

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SIAM member Jeffrey R. Sachs, who leads vaccine modeling and simulation efforts at Merck, explains how mathematics plays a critical role in our daily lives, specifically focusing on how math is used in the development, discovery, and manufacturing of... SEE FULL CASE STUDY ›