Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Flying like a Bird is Hard
Our friends at Festo have done a lot of cool stuff. Inflatable architecture. Pneumatic muscle. But this is really incredible. Its hard to fly like a bird for lots of reasons, but mostly its power to weight. Watching Boston Dynamics' terrifyingly determined, gasoline powered dog-bot you get some idea of how much power it takes just to walk. It takes a chainsaw's worth!
But festo's bird has somehow gotten enough juice in a light weight enough package to fly. Amazing! A chain saw is a pretty lightweight power source. What's in the bird?