The Amazing Bionic Bird Drone is Now on iOS and Android
Many ingenious people have a goal, and many will spend their lives trying to achieve it. Edwin Van Ruymbeke is one such person. Over 40 years after his family created the world's first mechanical flying bird, Rumbeke has done the same for the digital world. It's called the Bionic Bird and for only €119, or less than $130 at today's rates, you can take to the skies with your own flapping, smartphone-controlled bird drone – now available on Bluetooth 4.0-enabled iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. RELATED: The 'GuardBot' Robot Ball could be the military's next big drone
If you thought the quadcopter drone was a big deal, the Bionic Bird is effectively a revelation. Weighing less than nine grams and built largely out of durable foam (body) and carbon fiber (wings), the Bionic Bird can fly up to a distance of 100 meters, soar at speeds of 12 mph, and even take a beating from predatory birds (yes, they tested this). When it's low on juice, just pop it on its egg charging pod and 12 minutes later it will have enough battery power for 10 flights lasting up to eight minutes each.
To jumpstart the production phase of his project, Ruymbeke and his team started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money. A goal of $25,000 was set, and it was promptly shattered six times over once the fundraising closed at $154,961.
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But don't think since the Bionic Bird has landed that it's game over for development. According to the group's production timeline, a third control function for the bird's tail is currently under development, which will allow it to perform “super slow” flights and more stunts. In 2016, the team hopes to fully integrate hovering capabilities, HD video recording, and smartwatch-enabled motion control. Think of that as Bionic Bird Mk2 – larger, more powerful, and toting HD streaming and servo-controlled auto-stabilization.
If the future is filled with drones – they might as well at least look like playful birds.
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