This Robot Flies Like A Bird

Festo Smartbird

Festo SmartbirdUp in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a motherfucking robot.

Markus Fischer and his team at Festo, who do all sorts of sweet shit with innovative electronics and bionics, have created a first of it’s kind. Dubbed the Smartbird, this  modern marvel modeled on a seagull only weighs 450 grams. For Americans, that’s less than a pound. The smartbird has  a two-meter wingspan, or six and a half feet, and is about the length of my mother, or about five feet long.

It’s body is made of carbon fibers, with a little motor in place of a gastric system and connected gears to work the wings. In flight, it looks absolutely spectacular.

Fischer presented the Smartbird in a 6-minute TED talk, which you can view here. Check around the two-minute mark to see the mechanical wonder take flight.

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