Want to make flying drones? Your first step is to understand how flying works. And to this end, Stanford students are fiiiilllmmmiiiing biiiiiiirrrrrdddd fliiiiiiiightttttt iiiiiiinnnnn sloooooooooooooooooooow mooooooooooooooooootion.
Really, it’s that slow. “We can spread a single wing beat across 40 frames,” says the professor running this operation. That’s slow. That’s, like, ladies-room-line slow. Bill-getting-through-Congress slow.
And, yup, they’re using their powers of knowledge for evil! Or, well, drones aren’t good or evil in and of themselves. They can be used for both. They can even be used for tacos. But we’re not totally sure what use tiny, fast-flying drones have other than spying or delivering deadly diseases in a coordinated bioattack on America. Or delivering Taco Bell, which is really just as bad.
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