Germany develops Smartbird; a completely autonomous robotic bird that flies like a real life Seagull
Aerodynamic lightweight design
SmartBird is an amazing feat in German engineering that fuses the highest levels of ingenuity, design, and technology to yield what no other venture has ever yielded before; the world's very first, completely autonomous mechanical bird. Festo, a leading word-wide supplier of automation technology based out of Berlin, Germany, has successfully developed an ultra-light and ultra strong model of a seagull that not only looks lifelike but more importantly has the aerodynamic qualities it needs to allow it to fly.
This bionic technology-bearer, which is inspired by the herring gull, can start, fly and land autonomously – with no additional drive mechanism. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation. Festo has thus succeeded for the first time in creating an energy-efficient technical adaptation of this model from nature.
With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds – one of the oldest dreams of humankind.