January 26, 2012 7:40
Dutch mechanical engineer is working on realizing the dream of Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine on a human-powered. However, with the help of modern gadgets.
Attention! Video presented below, made from one of two attempts to take off (a restart can be found on the duct tape on the wing):
Yarnos Smeets — the main driving force of the project Human Birdwings. According to him, the first successful test flight has already taken place, but managed to get off the ground a little.
This is not a single crystal by Yves Rossi. Instead of the rocket pack behind Mr. Smets (or any other brave lunatic) — a set of wings, which are driven by a pair of brushless motors with external rotor.
"Pilot" put your hand in a specially designed sleeves that are connected with a flexible coupling and wings are on the "Google Phone» HTC Wildfire S. When a man waving his arms (like a bird!) Via Bluetooth smartphones transmit information about the speed of his movements with its internal accelerometers on board microcontroller Seeduino, and so it makes motorized flapping wings flapping in accordance with "pilot". Eventually, with the help of the planetary gearbox, these movements are beginning to imitate bird wings.
In short, clumsy human hands swings become more elegant movement of the wings, as a result, and allows two-legged slightly off the ground.
But that's not all. Mr. Smeets set to pack controller Wii Remote, so that "guglofony" possession of information about how to move the wings.
The wings are made of fabric, usually going for kites. On the bottom side, they strengthened the special aerodynamic vertical fins — for stabilization. There is also a small tail-wing, covering the mechanical parts of the machine, perpendicular to the main wings.