Man Flies Like a Bird, Flapping His Homemade Wings: VIDEO


Who hasn't at one time imagined what it would be like to be a bird?

Dutch mechanical engineer Jarno Smeets designed the wings himself, Gizmodo explains:

Smeets developed the wings over an eight-month period. They use a special motion mechanism built around an Android phone and Nintendo Wii controllers. His system allows him to literally start flapping his arms to take off and keep flying.

Like a modern Leonardo da Vinci, Jarno's took notes from nature. His inspiration was the albatross, which he closely observed to learn his takeoff technique.

Check out his flight, AFTER THE JUMP...


Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:31am ETC by Andy Towle
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