Men and flying machines that perform in perfect synchronicity, in a spectacular dance-art technology: Sparked is one of the most recent performance of Cirque du Soleil in collaboration with the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and Verity Studios.

NO MAKEUP, NO DECEPTION. It is an exploration of the state of the art technology applied to entertainment: the video has not been retouched with slow motion and other special effects and quadricotteri flying in complete freedom, without wires or rails of any kind.

The fleet of drones is controlled by radio from a complex algorithm developed by Raffaello d’Andrea and his colleagues at ETH Zurich, the system tracks the trajectories of individual aircraft, dynamically adapts to the surrounding environment and manages the cooperation between all means engaged in the work.

The video was filmed in the Flying Machine Arena ETH Zurich using a complex system of high-speed shooting capable of locating and tracking multiple objects moving in space and to predict their position in successive instants.



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