SmartBird: Are the Robots Going all Hitchcock on Us?

I found this incredible video trolling the science & tech section of YouTube this weekend. It's an absolute testament to you geeks, and what your amazing brains are incapable of... This amazing bird is an autonomous flying robot.

According to the Festo website,
This bionic technology-bearer, which is inspired by the herring gull, can start, fly and land autonomously – with no additional drive mechanism. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles.
I can't help but picture these are some sort of military spy drone for intelligence and monitoring, or in a more sinister scenario, dive-bombing the enemy a la Hitchcock's The Birds. Apparently, though, these are just a marvel of engineering and there is no mention on the site of any military funding, so let's go with that. (Removes tin foil hat)

If you're interested, you can find out more (and watch a kewl animation of the inside working of the bird) on the Festo website.

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