It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…both?
Ladies and gentleman, meet the SmartBird. A team of German engineers and aerodynamic experts have created a shockingly life-like robotic seagull. Its wings and tail flap just as a real bird’s would to make it fly—there are no propellers. With a wingspan of 2 meters, this robo-bird is much bigger than its real-life counter part. The creators wanted to be sure that the bird was lightweight so in the event of an emergency descent, no one would get hurt. They definitely succeeded; the bird weighs a surprisingly light 450 grams, which is just under a pound.
Check out the SmartBird in flight!