Robotic seagull duplicates biological functions

March 28, 2011 | Source: IEEE Spectrum

(Credit: Festo)

Festo, a supplier of automation technology, industrial training, and education programs, has developed the SmartBird robotic seagull.

SmartBird is capable of autonomous takeoff, flight, and landing, using two meter-long wings. It is modeled very closely on the herring gull, and controls itself the same way birds do, by twisting its body, wings, and tail.