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Old 03-22-2012, 10:28 PM
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Dutch engineer Jarno Smeets appears to have accomplished what many of us only dream of: bird-like flight, complete with flapping wings.

On March 18th, at a park in The Hague, Smeets flew like his muse, the albatross, thanks to Wii controllers, an Android phone and his 37-ounce custom-built fabric wings.

"I have always dreamed about this. But after 8 months of hard work, research and testing, it all paid off," Smeets wrote in the YouTube description.


Wired Science reports that upon completing his monumental 60-second flight, Smeets said, "At one moment you see the ground moving away, and then suddenly you're free, a really intense feeling of freedom. The true feeling of flying. A [bleep] magical moment. The best feeling I have felt in my life."

How does it work?

"Until now people had assumed that it was impossible to fly with bird-like wings using human muscle power. Smeets designed his own system to solve this problem, using two Wii controllers, the accelerometers from a HTC Wildfire S smartphone and Turnigy motors. This combined mechanism provided Smeets with extra power to move his 17m2 wings and allowed him to move his arms freely without any risk of breaking them. The system is a wireless (haptic) concept. The wing itself was built out of a kite and carbon windsurf masts (as flightpins)," details the press release.

See a close-up of the custom wings — and a video on the science behind the flapping wings — at Smeet's site, Human Birdwings.

Some claim it's fake. Others refuse to believe it's anything less than awesome. What do you think?


Yea, desperate times call for desperate measures, with gas price in Holland being one of the highest in the world I can understand his motivation.
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THIS IS A HOAX. READ THIS- ‘Bird Man’ Hoaxster Comes Clean on Dutch Television

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no way, if you look at those wings, they only go up and down about 2 feet,
no way that would create enough lift to get him off the ground. I doubt they would create any lift at all.

and it's questionable if the wings are large enough to even allow him to jump off a building and guild?
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no way, if you look at those wings, they only go up and down about 2 feet,
no way that would create enough lift to get him off the ground. I doubt they would create any lift at all.

and it's questionable if the wings are large enough to even allow him to jump off a building and guild?
C'mon Dude I am sure you have seen bigger men with smaller wings flying, it just has been so long ago. Below is the proof.


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I think you can fly with smaller wings if you have a laser gun.
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I think you can fly with smaller wings if you have a laser gun.

....and have lots of GAS...
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you would have a better chance of flying with your gas than that guy did with his wings.
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