The computer scientist, who recently finished his doctoral thesis with Otmar Hilliges, a professor of computer science and head of the Advanced Interactive Technologies Lab, was able to show about a year ago that spectacular, highly technical film scenes could be shot in a much easier way by using these mini aircraft.

In a further project, which he presented at a conference in Tokyo in early December, he demonstrated that drones also have great potential for animated film.

"For the figures to appear natural, the first step is to film an actor performing the movements.

In order to reconstruct the actor's movements for the 3D animation, they must first be recorded with at least two cameras simultaneously.

This complicated technique may soon be rendered obsolete.

Nägeli and his colleagues at ETH Zurich and Delft University of Technology have developed a system that, in its simplest configuration, consists of two commercially available drones and a laptop.

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