SmartBird: An Aerodynamic SmartBird Flight Model

Submitted by: MrPeabody 6 years ago in Tech

And the best part is it won"t crap on your just-washed car.
There are 42 comments:
Male 134
I want to see it land.
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Male 3,915
Strap some cameras, maybe a flash bang or something to drop as a bomb....you have a deal.
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Male 247
@twoeyezblind - what inflatable bird? This one certainly isn`t inflatable.
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Male 11
@Quackor pretty sure you just answered your own question
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Female 32
hmm first thing I thought was spy cameras across borders.
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Male 483
@GurnBlanston - Of course the inflatable bird doesn`t have helium or hydrogen in it. Why would it?
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Male 10,338
"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.
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Male 183
I kept waiting for a hawk or something to take it right out of the sky. I would have lol`ed something fierce.
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Male 2,855
why not make a flying penguin? i mean, they have done penguins before
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Male 987
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.
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Male 263
I see the future of covert surveillance
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Male 377
Is that bird a communist?
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Male 247
@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.
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Male 247
This is not a balloon, it doesn`t have any gas in it. It is using its wings to fly.
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Male 247
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.
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Male 260
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?
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Male 260
it looks like it`s barely staying airborne, i think it would plummet if they tried to make it glide.
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Female 129
That`s....great.....but why`d they make it?
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Male 842
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
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Male 10,440
That is awesome. I love it! I want to buy one, but something tells me it would cost $10^15
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Female 180
No more accidentally dead doves at a funeral and/or wedding. :D
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Female 3,562
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.
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Male 2,988
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.
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Male 490
Meet the military`s next recon aircraft.
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Male 1,256
Ok great. Now make one I can ride!
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Male 311
get thousands of em and paint em black - we got ourselves a movie
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Male 4,793
"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.
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Male 483
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.
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Male 25,416
Cool
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Male 405
This is awesomesauce.
Very pretty :)
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Male 478
>>BLAM<< >>BLAM<<

my robot springer can then retrieve it.
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Male 39
what?? how??
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Male 1,051
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.
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Male 126
About time.
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Male 734
I want one.
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Male 2,552
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.
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Male 1,569
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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Male 15,510
Leonardo da Vinci would be proud
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Female 934
The music made me feel like I was in a bad 80s film "I`ve-got-to-get-that-girl" montage.
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Male 587
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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Female 2,509
Hearing Jonathan Livingston Seagull in the back of my mind.

I want one!!!
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Male 1,920
Link: SmartBird: An Aerodynamic SmartBird Flight Model [Rate Link] - And the best part is it won`t crap on your just-washed car.
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