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Robotic Bird

Well, not quite robotic. This aerodynamic contraption is operated by remote control, but it wouldn’t be a far stretch to imagine an earth bound brain controlling the flight of this bird. The Make blog details the characteristics of this contraption as:

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. Festo has thus succeeded for the first time in creating an energy-efficient technical adaptation of this model from nature.

 

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