Their starting point for project “Electronic Countermeasures” was to create something akin to an ‘aerial Napster’ or ‘airborne Pirate Bay’, but it became much more than that.
“Part nomadic infrastructure and part robotic swarm, we have rebuilt and programmed the drones to broadcast their own local Wi-Fi network as a form of aerial Napster. They swarm into formation, broadcasting their pirate network, and then disperse, escaping detection, only to reform elsewhere,” says the group describing their creation.
In short the system allows the public to share data with the help of flying drones. Much like the Pirate Box, but one that flies autonomously over the city.
“The public can upload files, photos and share data with one another as the drones float above the significant public spaces of the city. The swarm becomes a pirate broadcast network, a mobile infrastructure that passers-by can interact with,” the creators explain.
What beautiful little critters these things are. I’ve often thought that humans, depressed by a lack of aliens, will construct their own. Looks like we’ve already got some DIY UFOs.
pic nicked from here
At any moment, Hollywood will start calling these things flying cockroaches or mechanical winged rats. Their twinkling neon lights the thousand eyes of dread Pirate Mordor.
via Ian Sales