Sparked

Lately it seems that drones are encroaching on everyday life more and more.  From security and warfare, to sight-seeing, Amazon deliveries, and, of course, good ol’ fashioned fun.

The word “drone” often seems to have a somewhat negative connotation to it, though this video definitely proves otherwise.  It falls into the latter category I mentioned, albeit with a touch more finesse and coordination than your average RC helicopter user crashing into trees at the park.

any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

Sparked was performed live with perfectly synchronised human and drone quadcopter interactions to conjure up the magic of lampshades flying into life around an electrician who is working late into the night.

No CGI.  No post-production.  100% live and awesome.

The production was a collaboration between the incredibly famous Cirque du Soleil (if you ever get the chance to go to a show then you must), ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios.

For more information on the technology they used, and how they came to use lighting integrated into lamp shades see the video below.

Great work all round.

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3 Responses to “Sparked”


  1. 1 ginjuh October 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    That is incredible to watch.

  2. 2 garethcroft October 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Gareth Croft and commented:
    Brilliant short film, as a quadcopter owner this strikes a nerve. Mines spent more time on its arse or in for repair than gracefully floating in the air.


  1. 1 This Is Ed | Inspirational Geek Trackback on October 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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