S1 Robotic Bird introduced a unique new approach to
flapping wings. Instead of simply flapping the wings up and
down, it uses an onboard computer that acts like the brain
of a real bird. It gives you complete control over the wing
movements, for steering and various flight modes. This is
an amazing project that blends computer programming with the
hands-on reality of building your own ornithopter and watching
S1 Robotic Bird uses two powerful servos to move the wings.
This sets you free from the restrictions of the old crank
mechanism used in previous RC ornithopters. Wing movements
are now used for steering, so there is no need for any separate
mechanism for moving the tail. Another unique capability of
the S1 Robotic Bird is that you can vary the flapping angle
of the wings. This allows a smooth transition between flapping
and gliding flight.
"brain" of the S1 Robotic Bird is a microcontroller
such as the Arduino or Basic Stamp. You can program the microcontroller
yourself to flap the wings and provide steering movements.
In case you aren't up for that, we have a pre-programmed servo
controller you can use instead.
S1 Robotic Bird is easy to build, but you should have some
prior experience flying RC planes. The S1 Robotic Bird requires
two servos, a micro-size RC receiver, and a lithium battery
approx. 700 mAh, 7.4 volts. For the servos, we recommend Hitec
digital brushless servos. There are also some lower cost,
but less efficient alternatives such as Turnigy
Robotic Bird - $79.95