Festo develops world's first robotic bird [VIDEO]

A German automation company has deciphered the flight of birds with the development of the world's first robotic bird that could pave the way to a new generation of process automation components.

Festo’s Smart Bird, which uses a compact 135 brushless motor, can start, fly and land autonomously. An articulated torsional drive unit allows the bird to beat its wings up and down as well twist at specific angles.

Built from carbon fibre and polyurethane foam, the ultralight Smart Bird weighs 485 grams, operates at 23 watts and can be controlled from the ground using a radio controller.

According to Festo, the bird’s functional integration of coupled drive units could potentially be transferred to the development and optimisation of a range of hybrid drive technology - from generators that derive energy from water to new actuators in process automation.

The minimal use of materials and the bird's lightweight construction also pave the way for efficiency in resource and energy consumption, says Festo.

The Smart Bird was inspired and modelled on the herring gull.




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SmartBird – bird flight deciphered

just saw it on Geo news..its awesome...

According to John Herrman at smartplanet

Inside this lil’ flapper you’ll find a surprisingly modest collection of parts: a two-cell lithium polymer battery, four servos, a cheap MCU LM3S811 microcontroller, a ZigBee-based radio system, a handful of sensors, an accelerometer, a small motor and a handful of other bits and bobs. Aside from the carbon-fiber frame, polyurethane foam lining and a couple of custom-designed pieces, nothing in the Smartbird is particularly unusual or expensive. These apparently cheap parts don’t just let the Smartbird fly; they put it in constant two-way communication with its operators, allowing them to keep track of its performance and battery charge, and even take direct control over its movement.

Good work by Germans. No wonder they are ahead in technological advancement.

But they can't match Pakistan who has been producing human robots aka suicide bombers for a long time, with such precision and skill that nobody can match that.

I saw that on the TV as well, it's awesome. Looks almost real.


The cameras should be placed in place of the eyes I believe.

Still wondering where is the landing gear?

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I saw that on the TV as well, it’s awesome. Looks almost real.


The cameras should be placed in place of the eyes I believe.

Still wondering where is the landing gear?


Birds don’t have land gears.

They do, they land on their feet. I do not see any feet here.

Well the animation can seen here