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TED Robotic "SmartBird" -Carbon Fiber- Markus Fischer

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Published on Jul 27, 2011

Markus Fischer, who heads up corporate design for a German company called Festo, has demonstrated his new invention he calls the "Smart Bird". It is an ultra-light weight robot created in the likeness of a seagull that flaps its wings and can fly through the air under its own power with grace.

It's a spectacle to behold, for sure, and as you can see in the video below, it was able to elicit quite a reaction from the mesmerized crowd.

But there's one thing I really want to know: When do we get "Smart Birds" big enough for people to fit in?

http://www.ted.com/talks/a_robot_that...

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