The bionic bird that can be flown using a smartphone

The bionic bird that can be flown using a smartphone

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A company from France have come up with the Bionic Bird, a light radio-controlled bird that can be controlled via a Bluetooth capable smartphone. It relies on an accelerometer and magnetometer to stabalise the flight. At the moment the project is in the prototype stage and is on Indiegogo. Before release the company plan for the bird to be able to fly for over eight minutes, over a mile, and all on a charge of just 12 minutes.

[Image Source: Bionic Bird]

The company have lots of experience when it comes to radio-controlled toys, however, this time around there are two new features. The Bionic Bird comes with a charger in the shape of an egg and it can store enough power to charge the bird up to ten times on the go. Then there is the ability to control the bird just by tilting your smartphone in the direction of how you wish the bird to turn and glide through the air. Speed is regulated by touch controls.

[Image Source: Bionic Bird]

The portable charger has a capacity of 800mAh and can be fully charged in an hour through a USB port; it also doubles up as the pedestal on which the Bionic Bird sits. The bird has a 50mAh battery that can take the ultra-light 9.2gkg bird on a flight at full speed for around 6 minutes. To adjust how fast the bird flies you can change the tail angle which will also allow the bird to be used indoors.

[Image Source: Bionic Bird]

There is a free iPhone or iPad app to control the Bionic Bird, which is flown using two modes, the easy mode features touch control for throttle and the accelerometer in the phone is used for steering. There is also touch control for steering, this is classed as the hard mode. The company plan on launching a version of the app for Android early next year.

[Image Source: Bionic Bird]

The body of the Bionic Bird is made from sturdy foam and they offer replacement wings, should your bird get damaged. Anyone pledging US$100 should get their bird before Christmas. The company plan on including ways to dynamically control the angle of the tail for flying slower, stationery flight and also giving the bird a HD camera with live video feedback.