Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The SmartBird - Flies like a real bird!

The SmartBird just like 1-pound, a huge 6-foot wingspan. Just flying by itself seems impressive enough(check out the video), but the SmartBird can also take off and land with no assistance, while you control the route of its flight from the ground using a ZigBee radio.
"This bionic technology-bearer, which is inspired by the herring gull, can start, fly and land autonomously -- with no additional drive mechanism. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation."

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