The Robotic Seagull that doesn’t Crap on your Head
March 25, 2011 Aron 12658No commentsThe+Robotic+Seagull+that+doesn%E2%80%99t+Crap+on+your+Head2011-03-25+18%3A16%3A27Aronhttp%3A%2F%2Fhelablog.com%2F%3Fp%3D12658
Designed by Festo, the flying robot has been developed as part of their 2011 Bionic Learning Network project and is designed to start, fly and land autonomously without human intervention.
The robotic seagull that weighs just 450 g (15.87 oz) and boasts a wingspan of 1.96 m (6.4 ft), is attached with wings that use a special hinge that not only allows them to move up and down, but forwards and backwards at the simultaniously.
Directional control is achieved through the opposing movement of the robot’s head and torso sections, which is synchronized by means of two electric motors and cables. This enables it to bend aerodynamically, with simultaneous weight displacement, and is responsible for the SmartBird’s agility and maneuverability.
As with a real bird, the SmartBird’s tail isn’t just for show either. It produces lift and functions as both a pitch elevator and yaw rudder. In addition to stabilizing the robot in a similar way to an aircraft’s conventional vertical stabilizer, the tail also tilts to initiate left and right turns and rotates about the longitudinal axis to produce yaw.
So what’s the point of a robot seagull? No more messed up car windows.
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