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Date: 03/30/11 09:03 AM

43 Responses to SmartBird: An Aerodynamic SmartBird Flight Model

  1. Profile photo of MrPeabody
    MrPeabody Male 30-39
    1920 posts
    March 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm
    Link: SmartBird: An Aerodynamic SmartBird Flight Model - And the best part is it won`t crap on your just-washed car.
  2. Profile photo of edana42
    edana42 Female 50-59
    2509 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 9:10 am
    Hearing Jonathan Livingston Seagull in the back of my mind.

    I want one!!!
  3. Profile photo of davisboy
    davisboy Male 30-39
    587 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 9:11 am
    What I want to know is if this any more efficient then a traditional prop driven aircraft.

    My guess is probably not.
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    outdoorMINER Female 18-29
    934 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 9:18 am
    The music made me feel like I was in a bad 80s film "I`ve-got-to-get-that-girl" montage.
  5. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 9:21 am
    Leonardo da Vinci would be proud
  6. Profile photo of MrAtari
    MrAtari Male 40-49
    1562 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 9:48 am
    so many centuries have past trying... and now finally man succeeded in creating an object that actually flies like a bird...
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    GRadde Male 18-29
    2556 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 9:57 am
    O.O!

    This is cool, I`d love to see how that`d work, efficiency-wise, on a larger scale.

    It really is quite beautiful.
  8. Profile photo of AngryYouth
    AngryYouth Male 18-29
    734 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 10:09 am
    I want one.
  9. Profile photo of Barrye
    Barrye Male 18-29
    127 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 10:22 am
    About time.
  10. Profile photo of draquoir
    draquoir Male 18-29
    1052 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 11:05 am
    It`s a bird, it`s a plane. It`s Smartbird.

    So... it`s a bird then right?

    btw putting a projector on that would be amazing.
  11. Profile photo of sraac88
    sraac88 Male 18-29
    39 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    what?? how??
  12. Profile photo of binarystarr
    binarystarr Male 30-39
    479 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    >>BLAM<< >>BLAM<<

    my robot springer can then retrieve it.
  13. Profile photo of Wizensilver
    Wizensilver Male 13-17
    405 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    This is awesomesauce.
    Very pretty :)
  14. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25406 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    Cool
  15. Profile photo of TwoEyezBlind
    TwoEyezBlind Male 18-29
    483 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    A turd can fly if it has enough helium or hydrogen in it. If anyone has ever picked up a dead bird, the first thing they will notice is that it is a LOT heavier than a balloon.
  16. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm
    "btw putting a projector on that would be amazing. "

    And I shall now 1-up you.

    btw putting a high explosive inside of it and programming it to kamikaze would be amazing.
  17. Profile photo of HumboldtPie
    HumboldtPie Male 18-29
    311 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    get thousands of em and paint em black - we got ourselves a movie
  18. Profile photo of Skabashas
    Skabashas Male 18-29
    1255 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    Ok great. Now make one I can ride!
  19. Profile photo of IceDragon77
    IceDragon77 Male 18-29
    490 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    Meet the military`s next recon aircraft.
  20. Profile photo of CoyoteKing
    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
    2988 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    can i get one that does poop? so i can fly it over people`s cars and aim for the windshield as they pull out of the car wash.
  21. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    I saw an episode of Nova about how they were trying to make RC birds like this, and they weren`t anywhere NEAR this advanced.
  22. Profile photo of Milo_Pretzel
    Milo_Pretzel Female 18-29
    180 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm
    No more accidentally dead doves at a funeral and/or wedding. :D
  23. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    That is awesome. I love it! I want to buy one, but something tells me it would cost $10^15
  24. Profile photo of PtblDuffy
    PtblDuffy Male 18-29
    163 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    Is this solid, or filled with a gas? Does it flap constantly, or is it actually complex enough to make use of updrafts and wind currents? That would be cool.
  25. Profile photo of Djer
    Djer Male 18-29
    842 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    Yeah, yeah, that`s cool and all, but try to land the damn thing. Go on, I dare ya.

    @IceDragon You`re probably right. This would be nigh impossible to detect
  26. Profile photo of dielaughing
    dielaughing Female 13-17
    129 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm
    That`s....great.....but why`d they make it?
  27. Profile photo of Shillier
    Shillier Male 18-29
    260 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    it looks like it`s barely staying airborne, i think it would plummet if they tried to make it glide.
  28. Profile photo of last1in
    last1in Male 18-29
    260 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm
    this reminds me of those giant floating helium fish. Does the bird use the same technique for staying airborne, making the wings only incidental to flight and used mainly to propel the "balloon" through the air?
  29. Profile photo of GurnBlanston
    GurnBlanston Male 40-49
    247 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm
    dielaughing - festo is a company that makes industrial automation control systems. they make stuff like this to demonstrate how well their control systems work. This level of control is a lot harder than it looks :-)
    It probably works great at trade shows too. Rows of robot systems from different vendors all tend to look alike; a robotic bird flying around the hall gets some attention.
  30. Profile photo of GurnBlanston
    GurnBlanston Male 40-49
    247 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 10:13 pm
    This is not a balloon, it doesn`t have any gas in it. It is using its wings to fly.
  31. Profile photo of GurnBlanston
    GurnBlanston Male 40-49
    247 posts
    March 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm
    @PtblDuffy @Djer It can land and take off on its own. It can sail and glide, taking advantage of wind currents and updrafts. It has about the same glide ratio as the herring gull it was modeled after.
  32. Profile photo of BRKNVLTR
    BRKNVLTR Male 40-49
    377 posts
    March 31, 2011 at 12:26 am
    Is that bird a communist?
  33. Profile photo of Dat1Rican
    Dat1Rican Male 18-29
    263 posts
    March 31, 2011 at 4:01 am
    I see the future of covert surveillance
  34. Profile photo of Thonious
    Thonious Male 40-49
    987 posts
    March 31, 2011 at 6:46 am
    GurnBlanston, "a robotic bird flying around the hall gets some attention."

    A robotic bird flying around a trade show hall with a man on it`s back would get even more attention. I want a ride.
  35. Profile photo of Quackor
    Quackor Male 18-29
    2856 posts
    March 31, 2011 at 9:12 am
    why not make a flying penguin? i mean, they have done penguins before
  36. Profile photo of kusanagi
    kusanagi Male 18-29
    183 posts
    March 31, 2011 at 9:47 am
    I kept waiting for a hawk or something to take it right out of the sky. I would have lol`ed something fierce.
  37. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    March 31, 2011 at 10:54 am
    "so many centuries have past trying... and now finally man succeeded in creating an object that actually flies like a bird..."

    I had one of these when I was a kid back in the 80`s. Granted, it wasn`t steerable, and it was about the size of a shoe, but it was the same.
  38. Profile photo of TwoEyezBlind
    TwoEyezBlind Male 18-29
    483 posts
    March 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    @GurnBlanston - Of course the inflatable bird doesn`t have helium or hydrogen in it. Why would it?
  39. Profile photo of cjob005
    cjob005 Female 18-29
    32 posts
    March 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm
    hmm first thing I thought was spy cameras across borders.
  40. Profile photo of mitch2d2
    mitch2d2 Male 18-29
    11 posts
    April 1, 2011 at 3:27 am
    @Quackor pretty sure you just answered your own question
  41. Profile photo of GurnBlanston
    GurnBlanston Male 40-49
    247 posts
    April 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm
    @twoeyezblind - what inflatable bird? This one certainly isn`t inflatable.
  42. Profile photo of idiotfilter
    idiotfilter Male 18-29
    3916 posts
    April 3, 2011 at 9:17 am
    Strap some cameras, maybe a flash bang or something to drop as a bomb....you have a deal.
  43. Profile photo of Kratos-Zan
    Kratos-Zan Male 18-29
    134 posts
    April 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm
    I want to see it land.

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