A robot that flies like a bird

TED Talks 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. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011

See the talk and others at TED here

I love human ingenuity! How clever are we….  450 grams?! So simple. Unfortunately it’s only a matter of time before the military get their hands on it and find some way of using the tech to deploy incendiary devices across enemy lines. No! Lets dare to dream of better applications. How about we augment the head with a camera and biomimic chicken head image stabilization to one up the brilliant work of BBC’s Life of Birds?

 

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