Festo SmartBird Robot: Light, Elegant and Featherless – Video

By Chris Cook - Mar 25, 2011

If you’ve ever owned a remote control plane or helicopter then you are sure to find this new interesting. A company responsible for a variety of robotic animals, Festo’s latest creation is set to grace the skies.

The Bionic Learning Network designers at Festo have developed an autonomous robotic bird nicknamed the SmartBird. It is based on the look of the Herring Gull and has a wing span of two meters.

What’s most interesting about this design however, is the fact that it can land and take off by itself. It also has a remote radio control, which allows monitoring and controlling from a distance using ZigBee radio technology.

This enables control over the slender bending torso, which makes the overall bird’s weight a light 1lbs adding to the lifelike and realistic directional control. The lightweight also means that once airborne, minimal flapping is needed as it can just glide effortlessly through the skies.

More details can be read at ieee Spectrum where you will find a few videos of the robot in action, in the meantime why not check out the video we have provided below of the SmartBird doing what is does best. What do you think of the robotic bird? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • mike

    WOW I want one, so great