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Festo, one of the world’s leading companies that supply pneumatic and electric automation technology group, recently unveiled his latest invention – robotic seagull and its natural inspiration. Device weighs 450 grams and has a wingspan of 1,96 m. Festo engineers decided to call his creation SmartBird. Bird-robot operates autonomously, being able to take off, fly and land itself.
Festo representatives reported that in the process of creating a robot they have managed to develop a model of the flight of birds. It would be interesting to note that the wings SmartBird not only move up and down, but they can also turn to a certain angle. This feature has been borrowed from real birds.directional control is carried out by opposite movements of the head and torso. Two built-in electric motor is used for synchronizing the movement of these two sections. The design of robotic birds can show the possibilities of aerodynamics and maneuverability of the robots. Inside the robot is battery, motors, and several electronic circuits. During the flight, you can adjust the position of the wings and torsion, which are controlled by means of a bilateral protocol radio ZigBe, reports IEEE Spectrum.SmarBird is made of lightweight materials, making it not only agile, but also energy efficient.