Friday, August 19, 2011

Free as a bird

Even the most advanced humanoid robots like Asimo look pretty awkward on the move, which makes it all the more astonishing how naturally and gracefully the Festo SmartBird flies:

Perhaps also recreational roboticists should get more interested in robots whose movement mechanics are inspired by animals. Judging by how well the SmartBird is doing, birds must be a lot easier to mimick than humans.

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