01/03/2013 06:33 GMT | Updated 30/04/2013 06:12 BST

How Do I Love Quadcopters? Let Me Count the Ways

To save you waiting for the disappointment, I'm a physicist so I don't have skills practical enough to tell you how anything works. What I want to talk about though is quadcopters. As far as I can gather, quadcopters are these cute little flying robots that are non-affectionately referred to as 'swarms' and well 'quadcopters' because I can only assume going to a school reunion and say you work on 'teensy little snuggly floating robots' isn't desirable to an engineer whose friends are all working on bombs and planes.

They dash about and their proposed 'media friendly' use is to find people after natural disasters, yet I'm sure its not too long until someone puts a gun on one, perhaps in time for 'Zero Dark Thirty 2'. Enough yapping, here they are.

It's difficult to write this second paragraph because after the first 30 seconds you're like "yeah looks great" and then when they start smashing around in a figure of 8 at 1 minute 30 it all gets a bit more "GOOD GOD". Well I saw that YouTube video about a year ago and thought it was nuts but I simply was not prepared for this video coming out of Zurich.

My inner petulant child is screaming "ITS NOT FAIR, I WANT TO MAKE ONE" but then my inner, much more personally influential old boring man is calmly retorting "you made your bed, now lie in it. You chose physics so you're stuck with theories and Wolfram Alpha instead."