February 18, 2013
A robot that flies like a bird
Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011.
Markus Fischer led the team at Festo that developed the first ultralight artificial bird capable of flying like a real bird.