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Bionic Bird: A Biomimicking Drone That Lures Raptors and Cats

by Stirling Matheson
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Most drones are a variant on a multi-rotored helicopter. The quad-rotors are the most common, but professional photographers like the octo-rotors more. Still, there are a lot of other ways to beat the air into submission and fly, including the good old standby of be light, have wings, and flap them a lot. That’s what Bionic Bird does, and we think it looks like a very fun little toy.

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The Bionic Bird is crowdfunding on Indiegogo right now, and is hitting stretch goals quickly. Thus far, it will be able to fly and be operated via iOS or Android, which was the first stretch goal. At $200,000 it will gain a controlled tail, it will be able to hover like a hummingbird at $400,000 and if people manage to pledge a whopping $800,000 it will be capable of streaming live video.

Better yet, it appears that amusing carnivores like hawks and cats like hunting the drone’s tough, foam and carbon fiber body. I know I want one just because I want to see my cat go after it.

[via Indiegogo]

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