Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's... What is that? It's not quite a bird... Is it? The SmartBird was designed to understand the flight dynamics of birds. As such, it looks very similar to a live avian... but sort of like an avian in body armor.
The SmartBird is pretty much self-contained; it flies with its wings--no other propulsion system. The design is based on the Herring Gull--and it shows. I'd like to think that something like this will eventually lead to vehicles like the ornithopter in Dune.
Video uploaded by Festo Bionic on March 22, 2011.
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