PigeonBot Uses Real Pigeon Feathers to Fly

Here's an interesting video showing a radio controlled airplane built with pigeon feathers that mimics how birds fly.

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Research into Birds Leads to PigeonBot

Here's an interesting video showing a radio controlled airplane built with pigeon feathers that mimics how birds fly. The feathers are controlled in a realistic way, tucking and sliding over one another providing stability and directional control.

The feathers are connected to wrist and finger joints that can be controlled separately. The design was made by Stanford University researchers with the aim to better understand how birds maintain control with the movement of theirs wings. Check out the video below.

Last edited by Jason Cole; May 22, 2020 at 08:42 AM..
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May 22, 2020, 09:06 AM
An itch?. Scratch build.
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My Eagle would love to 'play' with one

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May 22, 2020, 10:26 AM
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OMG! It's the (Pigeon) Zombie Apocalypse!!!


Pretty cool and interesting. Thanks for posting.
May 23, 2020, 10:13 AM
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I'm informing PETA....


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May 23, 2020, 11:52 AM
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Chickens too.

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May 23, 2020, 11:58 AM
If it flies, I can crash it.
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Why are they all wearing safety glasses?
May 23, 2020, 12:17 PM
An itch?. Scratch build.
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Once saw a pigeon dragging a polystyrene fast food tray off.

Do you think they may be building foam wings for their selves ?

To replace the missing feathers.

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May 23, 2020, 12:20 PM
An itch?. Scratch build.
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Originally Posted by rocketsled666
Why are they all wearing safety glasses?
Would you want to be underneath a high flying chicken that was probably having the 'you-know-what' scared out of it, without some eye protection ?

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May 23, 2020, 01:01 PM
That's what I wanted it to do
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I think the question was regarding the university students.
May 23, 2020, 04:36 PM
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Meanwhile, ailerons work better.
May 23, 2020, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Rampage
Meanwhile, ailerons work better.

Lol!
May 23, 2020, 08:38 PM
IMO ( In My Opinion ) →
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Not real feathers , but mimics bird flight well :



Festo - SmartBird (1 min 48 sec)
May 23, 2020, 09:03 PM
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The Festo bird is an attempt to see if an autonomous bird can be programmed to fly.

The chicken-drop was done for the sadistic humor.

The Stanford University got a grant so a professor and some students could see if they can replicate the beauty that God has created in nature. Grants to universities are always more fun because it's someone else's money.
May 24, 2020, 12:35 AM
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This is how a real rc bird is constructed and flown!

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May 27, 2020, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Rampage
Meanwhile, ailerons work better.
The Wrights would have sued you for that comment.


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