MIT helicopter flies through a house using laser guidance

Little battery powered electric helicopters are lots of fun, but they tend to crash into stuff without an expert hand on the controller. One solution is to make a helicopter that can guide itself using GPS, but this doesn't work too well indoors where there are no useful GPS signals.

Boosting their ultra tech-nerd credentials to the highest level possible, the Robust Robotics Group at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) built this quad rotor heli that uses a laser sensor to draw a map of obstacles and room boundaries, allowing it to fly safely without human input.

Why do I get the impression that the US military would love to talk with these guys?

MIT TechTV, via MAKE Online