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#1    Abramelin

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:28 PM

Markus Fischer, who heads up corporate design for a German company called Festo, has demonstrated his new invention he calls the "Smart Bird". It is an ultra-light weight robot created in the likeness of a seagull that flaps its wings and can fly through the air under its own power with grace.

It's a spectacle to behold, for sure, and as you can see in the video below, it was able to elicit quite a reaction from the mesmerized crowd.




Here is a longer video - in German - about the research and development of the "Smart Bird":



Damn, I want one!!


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:38 PM

I want them BIGGER! MUCH MUCH BIGGERRRR!!!!!!!!


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:08 PM

Fly around your home and property to keep an eye on what you are doing.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:17 PM

It would be the perfect drone for military use.

If it's high enough in the skies, you won't hear it and it will resemble a bird a lot.


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:19 PM

Do not get why they call it smart bird.
If the guy with the remote was not guiding it it would fly straight into the wall.
They should have called it something else. Smart bird gives the impression it can operate and guide itself.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

View Postmfrmboy, on 01 November 2012 - 01:19 PM, said:

Do not get why they call it smart bird.
If the guy with the remote was not guiding it it would fly straight into the wall.
They should have called it something else. Smart bird gives the impression it can operate and guide itself.

No doubt they will (or already have) add sensors to the thing so it won't bump into a wall.

The problem will be to make those sensors light enough, and also where to put them in the 'bird's' body without creating an imbalance.





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