Watch: Robot Bird


No doubt the military will soon be teaching it how to shoot to kill.

Festo, its creator, writes:

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.


Posted March 28, 2011 at 8:28pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Nature, News, Tech