An adventurous Dutchman fulfilled the dreams of so many aviation pioneers by flapping his arms to fly. Incredible. Jarno Smeet, inspired by sketches his grandfather drew depicting a flying machine, spent the last year building this device. He was able to spend over a minute in the air like a modern day Icarus.
"Until now people had assumed that it was impossible to fly with bird-like wings using human muscle power," says the press release, and pedants might argue that the assumption is still valid.
Smeets' flying machine augments human muscle power with a couple of electric motors, as humans just can't do it alone, but it still looks like a marvelous way to fly.
A Wii controller in each hand picks up the movements, paired over Bluetooth to an HTC Wildfire S handset, which in turn directs the two electric motors which flap the wings. Those wings are made from windsurfing masts and kite parts.
Despite the electric assistance the fandroid still has to run along flapping his arms before taking to the sky.
I want one of these pretty badly. Imagine showing up to some event by appearing out of the sky, swooping in like a boss man/hawk. That’s how you make an entrance.