Man flies like a bird with home-made cyborg wings

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 21:09 EDT
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Cyborg bird man via YouTube screenshot
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A Dutch engineer was able to fly like a bird thanks to robotically-assisted wings made using Wii controllers and other parts, according to Wired.

“At one moment you see the ground moving away, and then suddenly you’re free, a really intense feeling of freedom,” 31-year-old Jarno Smeets said. “The true feeling of flying. A fucking magical moment. The best feeling I have felt in my life.”

His own muscle power could never provide the amount of strength needed to move the wings at the proper speed. Instead, Turnigy motors power the wings based on the movement of his arms.

The 37-ounce wings were built from a kite and carbon windsurf masts.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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