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Old 28th September 2011, 03:26 AM   #1
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Smartbird.

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.

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Old 28th September 2011, 03:31 AM   #2
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Very impressive, and very hard to do...

...but I have a bit of a recollection that this was done at least once before, though I can't nail it down right now.
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Old 28th September 2011, 03:36 AM   #3
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Amazing. Only 400gm. Thanks for posting this.
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Old 28th September 2011, 08:32 AM   #4
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Pretty, a nice piece of work. There are other ornithopters out there,of course. some have been around for quite some time. Dig around and you may even find designs for making a rubber band powered version. This one, however, is the most realistic/ birdlike I've seen. Could be useful in certain applications, if it can carry sensors etc.
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Old 28th September 2011, 08:47 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by kleinjahr View Post
Could be useful in certain applications, if it can carry sensors etc.
first thing i thought was of a us drone style spy bird.

sticks out a bit tho when alll the other birds are attacking it
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Old 28th September 2011, 08:50 AM   #6
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first thing I thought was a new version of angrybird(s)

I saw this video a while ago. I love their airjelly too.

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Old 28th September 2011, 09:24 AM   #7
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That's amazing, can only imagine the applications for such a creation in the near future. I was surprised at the amount of control the pilot had over it.
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Old 28th September 2011, 10:24 AM   #8
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Excellent!

If they could modify it to crap on your head while sitting on the beach, I would be totally convinced.

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Old 28th September 2011, 11:54 AM   #9
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Made my evening watching the two Festo vids, and how unassuming is Markus?! He is the perfect man to present this fantastic achievement.

I love the grace of both flyers but there was a real serenity with Airjelly, especially upon landing.
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Old 28th September 2011, 04:33 PM   #10
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I saw a hummingbird robot design in a youtube video once. I wonder how long before they'll make one that can spy on people
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Old 29th September 2011, 06:32 AM   #11
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I saw a hummingbird robot design in a youtube video once. I wonder how long before they'll make one that can spy on people

I already have a few set up around your house INRM. I spent the latter part of my Air Force career developing Micro-UAVs and weaponizing them. So don't make me angry!
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Old 29th September 2011, 07:10 AM   #12
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I saw a hummingbird robot design in a youtube video once. I wonder how long before they'll make one that can spy on people
Why would they want to?
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Old 29th September 2011, 07:11 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Roboramma View Post
Why would they want to?
quarky's gymnastic neighbor.
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Old 29th September 2011, 07:28 AM   #14
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I'm not sure what's so amazing. Ornithopters have been around for a long time. I've even built a couple of them out of tissue and basswood. They weren't as elegant looking as this one but the principle is the same. The gear mechanism looks pretty standard.

If this had an on-board computer that was flying it autonomously, then I'd be impressed. But there's clearly someone holding a RC radio.

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Old 29th September 2011, 07:41 AM   #15
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From an ornithologists' perspective, I am impressed. If for no other purpose than to one day punk birders, their efforts have been totally worth it. Paint that thing up like a Kelp Gull and let it fly around Plum Island or Cape May. Hilarity will ensue.
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