Animal roboticists Festo have come up with the latest in their series of robots which mimic animal locomotion and activity. We've seen a number of compelling demonstrations from them over the past several years, and the latest is certainly impressive: an artificial bird.
The interest in these, besides just looking incredibly cool, is in the development of biomimetic processes. Animals have evolved very efficient methods of locomotion and activity, and these abilities can be applied to automated processes.
SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds – one of the oldest dreams of humankind.
The video shows just what they have accomplished:
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