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 Replies to “A robot that flies like a bird”

  1. 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

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