A robot that flies like a bird

www.ted.com 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.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com Checkout our Facebook page for TED exclusives www.facebook.com
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22 Responses to A robot that flies like a bird

  1. Kenji314159 says:


  2. whateverfastman says:

    Yes. Yes. Some say/said they are the perfect race.

  3. GoNZoRosO1 says:

    i hope someday.. someday .. i really hope someday that some1 invent a time machine..

  4. Mr6thDragon says:

    Yup, potential future terrorists aswell eh?

  5. d0pp3164n63r says:

    hunter killer drone deployed

  6. Tephr1te says:

    /watch?v=G2_Q9FoD-oQ /watch?v=V4V2bpZlqx8 yup…

  7. BelovedSkeletonBones says:

    that’s GREAT! Now can we have some tobotic wings for humans?

  8. ballz zach says:

    lolz we’re not only killing the “terrorists”

  9. ballz zach says:

    Yeah, it’s VERY smart to commit mass genocide throughout Europe of a particular group of people. Don’t think we forgot you NAzi FUCKS

  10. Koreapouwa says:

    Wings for Humans comming soon!


    Amazing mechanics! I’ve always wondered when this would be created. Up until now the only real successful flights have been fixed winged aircraft, and one way flapping toys if you want to count those. This model helps us to understand how birds actually stay in the air. Beautiful design

  12. Gosu Gadget says:

    The speaker is super nervous. He needs to smoke a joint n calm down.

  13. JinHunter Slay says:

    And thus, ‘Songbird’ in Bioshock Infinite was born…..

  14. Dahaka27 says:

    Holy crap thats amazing, the bird drones in MGS4 are that much more likely 😀

  15. Ed Rodriguez says:

    Get in da choppa

  16. jampozbear says:

    ivaw (dot) org

  17. MindOfTheThief says:

    Damn, so what your saying is our soldiers kill civilians?

  18. TheSpongion says:

    about 20 years or less.

  19. Archibald Haddock says:

    That is a real beauty. Pure genius. This is one of my favourite TED videoes.

  20. HeX4869 says:

    2:40 that must feel so good.

  21. txroshow says:

    unfortunatly too little

  22. txroshow says:

    and this fantastic invention doesnt contaminate, imagin using this for giant transport!!!

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