The next unmanned aerial vehicle might come from YouTube.
A contest led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic is soliciting designs and feedback for a new generation of small UAVs via online video.
The top designer gets a $100,000 prize and fabrication of up to 15 copies of the project. You can “like” and “dislike” different submissions on the contest website. The competition culminates in a fly-off in May.
Below, watch a DARPA video showing a possible application for the small UAV, followed by some of the most “liked” videos, which come from around the world and include live action and videogame-like animations: