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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