24 July 2011

Robotic bird with flapping flight

Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings.
Via A London Salmagundi.


  1. I don't know why, but I definitely teared up when that bird was flying over audience. Probably something subconscious about humans harnessing flight the way we see it every day - I really don't know why it moved me so much, but it really, really did. Hundreds of years of wishing to fly like birds and they just did it.

  2. You should watch 17minute film on designing that bird "Decoding bird flight":


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