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This is a link post Festo- SmartBird
Rather stunning effort by German engineers to build a flying drone that looks like a bird. It's apparently inspired by the herring gull according to the blurb, so expect Version 2.0 to be aggressive and noisy and to shit on your head.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 6:27, Reply)
This is a normal post How many did they lose to sparrowhawks?
That really is rather nice.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 7:30, Reply)
This is a normal post Very good
If the movement was a tiny bit more natural (ie less jerky) I'm sure the Military would be very interested.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 8:38, Reply)
This is a normal post Festo - smart buggers
They've come out with some beautiful engineering. Have a look for their underwater penguins, I want one!
(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 9:05, Reply)
This is a normal post Thats a lot of effort to go to
Just to steal chips from kids.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 9:05, Reply)
This is a normal post You have to admire
their ingenuity
(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 9:14, Reply)
This is a normal post bet it can't rip open bin bags or crap on cars

(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 9:24, Reply)
This is a normal post Or pick out the peanuts in a shitty nappy.

(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 11:09, Reply)
This is a normal post Nice but I wonder how much lift comes from being helium filled or some such trick

(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 9:34, Reply)
This is a normal post I own a direct from china
flying RC birdy more convincing than this.

www.dealextreme.com/p/amazing-flapping-wings-aircraft-r-c-flying-e-bird-phoenix-toy-27mhz-49137

Admittedly it moves more like a humming bird, but at least it doesn't move like a bird shaped balloon with a wobbly cam shaft.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 11:20, Reply)
This is a normal post Wow, someone's actually done this.
I used to watch the way the gulls flew outside the window of my old job, thinking they'd be good candidates for this...
(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 11:22, Reply)
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When those things can take passengers I'm totally going to shit on the head of every one of you.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2011, 19:20, Reply)