(Image Source: Gizmodo)


BY CODY LAGROW


It’s not a bird, a plane nor Superman. NBC reports, it’s just a Dutch engineer soaring in the sky.


“That engineer strapped bird-like wings to his arms, and there he is, lifting off. It took Jarno Smeets eight months to design the contraption.”


Gizmodo says the contraption’s design is impressive. Jarno Smeets flapped his way to flight using kites, video game controllers and a phone.


“The heart of the system is an Android smartphone…The phone is connected to a Seeeduino ADK microcontroller, which connects to two Wii Motion Plus and a Wii Nunchuck. “


The design allows Smeets to move his arms freely and power the giant wings. But Smeets’ soaring comes with speculation. A reporter for International Business Times says…


“Viewers claim that the helmet-cam does not match up with the ground view, and that the fabric of the wings does not appear to flapping realistically.”


CNET weighed in on the rumors…


"Admitted, this all sounds kind of nuts, but Smeets has documented his work on the wings over an eight-month period, so if it’s a fake, it’s a darn good one."


Authentic aircraft or faux-flight, KSTP just wants to know how to get back down to Earth.


"How’s it land? Is it like a crash landing? That’s a good point! We don’t see the landing ,we just see him take flight. He’s got to wait another year or two. Folks, There’s a second story that will be airing shortly.”


No worries for the gliding gadget creator. Smeets’ Human Birdwing blog shows a safe touchdown back on land.

 

Android Powered Wings Allow Man to Take Flight

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Mar 22, 2012

Android Powered Wings Allow Man to Take Flight

(Image Source: Gizmodo)


BY CODY LAGROW


It’s not a bird, a plane nor Superman. NBC reports, it’s just a Dutch engineer soaring in the sky.


“That engineer strapped bird-like wings to his arms, and there he is, lifting off. It took Jarno Smeets eight months to design the contraption.”


Gizmodo says the contraption’s design is impressive. Jarno Smeets flapped his way to flight using kites, video game controllers and a phone.


“The heart of the system is an Android smartphone…The phone is connected to a Seeeduino ADK microcontroller, which connects to two Wii Motion Plus and a Wii Nunchuck. “


The design allows Smeets to move his arms freely and power the giant wings. But Smeets’ soaring comes with speculation. A reporter for International Business Times says…


“Viewers claim that the helmet-cam does not match up with the ground view, and that the fabric of the wings does not appear to flapping realistically.”


CNET weighed in on the rumors…


"Admitted, this all sounds kind of nuts, but Smeets has documented his work on the wings over an eight-month period, so if it’s a fake, it’s a darn good one."


Authentic aircraft or faux-flight, KSTP just wants to know how to get back down to Earth.


"How’s it land? Is it like a crash landing? That’s a good point! We don’t see the landing ,we just see him take flight. He’s got to wait another year or two. Folks, There’s a second story that will be airing shortly.”


No worries for the gliding gadget creator. Smeets’ Human Birdwing blog shows a safe touchdown back on land.

 

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