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‘Bird Man’ video-maker admits to hoax

The remarkable video captivated the world. In it, engineer Jarno Smeets of Phillips launched himself into the air and flew like a bird with a pair of home-made mechanical wings. Sadly, it has now come to light that the video was a hoax. Wired magazine reports that engineer Jarno Smeets…

Man flies like a bird with home-made cyborg wings

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…