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Pollockocopter drone delivers a paint-bomb splatterfest

The Pollockocopter tries to make an artistic name for itself by tossing paint-filled balloons at targets. It's not pretty, but it's a lot of fun.

Can drones also be artists? That's a question that arises when you see the Pollockocopter in action. The flying machine comes from German aerial photography and drone company Cooper Copter. It looks pretty much like a regular quadcopter, but it carries a payload of a balloon filled with paint. You can see where this is going.

The Pollockocopter can deliver its paint splatters to a target of the operator's choosing. Cooper Copter posted a teaser video of the drone's capabilities last week. It shows the drone flinging red, yellow and blue paint balloons at a wood-plank wall. The drone has to be reloaded after every splash, which means it takes some extra time, effort and balloons to produce a full-on "painting."

The Pollockocopter is not a highly accurate instrument, but it does its best to evoke the work of its namesake, Jackson Pollock, an artist known for abstracts created with dripping paint.

The drone will make a public appearance at this week's music and digital-industry-focused Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany.

(Via CityLab)