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Researchers observe flying insects to create smaller flying machines

By Damir Beciri
One Comment28 July 2011

robot-insect-iunewindA group of researchers from the University of Oxford is developing small aerial vehicles with flapping wings inspired by those found on insects. The researchers envision that their insect-size vehicles will be suitable for many different purposes ranging from helping in emergency situations considered too dangerous for people to enter, to covert military surveillance missions…. »

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Festo SmartBird mechanical bird inspired by herring gull

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments28 March 2011

festo-smartbird-1Inspired by the herring gull flight, the engineers of Festo‚Äôs Bionic Learning Network came up with SmartBird – an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. It is capable to take off autonomously and lift-up in the air by means of its flapping wings alone, without the aid of other… »