05 August 2011
Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a...robot!
"Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011."
Here's a longer video from Festo, the company which designed the "bird" explaining the project more fully:
If you want to know more, visit the Festo YouTube Channel.
What do you suppose their work will lead to?