SmartBird: Mechanical Bird That Actually Flies

March 27th, 2011 by

This is insane. Festo’s SmartBird, 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. Found at YouTube from FestoHQ via technabob.

This animation demonstrates how the mechanics of the SmartBird works:

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