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Tag: Flying

Man Builds a Functional Tabletop Flight Simulator Out of LEGO

Man Builds a Functional Tabletop Flight Simulator Out of LEGO
Because if you can dream it, you can build it (at least with LEGO bricks), Riley of Youtube channel Brick Science wanted to build a tabletop flight simulator entirely out of LEGO. Something that would sit on the table, and you could move with functional controllers.

These Bird-Like Robotic Legs Can Perch And Grasp Things With Its Feet

These Bird-Like Robotic Legs Can Perch And Grasp Things With Its Feet
Inspired by the legs and feet of a peregrine falcon, engineers at Stanford University’s Cutkosky Lab have developed a set of SNAG (“stereotyped nature-inspired aerial grasper”) robotic legs that can perch on different sized branches and grasp objects in a manner similar to the bird of prey.

Toy Football/Plane Hybrid Can Be Thrown Over 100 Yards

Toy Football/Plane Hybrid Can Be Thrown Over 100 Yards
This is the Mad Fly Sports Raptor Football, a toy football/plane hybrid that can be thrown over 100 yards. So maybe for once when my brother tells me to go long, he’ll actually mean it. The toy does require a unique throw (read: not a football spiral) for the creation of maximum lift and distance though, so there is a learning curve involved.

NEC’s Flying Car Is a Giant Drone for Humans

NEC’s Flying Car Is a Giant Drone for Humans
If you grew up any time in the latter half of the 20th century or later, you’ve been promised that flying cars (and personal jetpacks) would someday take to the skies on a regular basis. While there certainly have been a number of concepts and prototypes over the years, living like the Jetsons has yet to materialize.

1,000W LED Flashlight Mounted to a Drone Looks Like a Real UFO

1,000W LED Flashlight Mounted to a Drone Looks Like a Real UFO
Daniel Riley of Stratus Productions built a super bright 1,000W LED flashlight. Then, he did what any inventive geek would – he managed to mount it to a powerful Freefly Alta drone. The result is a flying machine that can crank out some truly breathtaking aerial effects.

Amazon’s Latest Prime Air Delivery Drone Revealed

Amazon’s Latest Prime Air Delivery Drone Revealed
Amazon has been working on delivery by drone for a while now. And now the world’s largest online retailer has revealed its latest drone variant. The newly-revealed Amazon Prime Air delivery drone flies using a similar approach to VTOL aircraft, taking off and landing vertically, but orienting itself horizontally once airborne.

This Bird-like Drone Has Wings and Legs, and Jumps to Take off

This Bird-like Drone Has Wings and Legs, and Jumps to Take off
Generally speaking, drones have either vertical takeoff capabilities or they need a runway. However, a South African startup has a better way. Their solution is to add some legs to their drone. The Passerine Sparrow Jumper has fixed wings and legs and feet for takeoff and landing.

This Window Washing Drone Gets The Job Done Safely

This Window Washing Drone Gets The Job Done Safely
Drones can do all kinds of things, and now you can add window washing to the list. After all, washing windows is a dangerous job. Humans can die if they fall while working on a skyscraper.

Guy Flies Jet-powered Hoverboard at More than 100 mph

Guy Flies Jet-powered Hoverboard at More than 100 mph
Somebody call Spider-Man, because I think we just spotted the Green Goblin! What you’re about to see is a jet-powered Flyboard Air being piloted at speeds up to 103.4 mph. This thing looks like a lot of fun.

Chinese Spy Drones Camouflaged as Birds

Chinese Spy Drones Camouflaged as Birds
We’ve seen drones that mimic real bird flight, but the ones we’ve seen have been for strictly experimental purposes. However, China is taking flight with the idea and taking it seriously. This drone looks like a dove so naturally it is called “Dove”.

Flying DRAGON Robot Creeps into Your Nightmares on Ducted Wings

Flying DRAGON Robot Creeps into Your Nightmares on Ducted Wings
One of the things I am often glad of is that snakes can’t fly. I can’t think of anything worse than being chased by a flying snake set on biting me with its gross forked tongue and fangs.

Watch The Omnicopter Drone Play a Game of Catch

Watch The Omnicopter Drone Play a Game of Catch
Fathers and sons do it, people do it in the park with their dogs, and Baseball players do it professionally, so why not let the robots get in on a fun game of catch? They want in on this human pastime too.

Engineers Invent Folding Delivery Drone That Carries Cargo Inside

Engineers Invent Folding Delivery Drone That Carries Cargo Inside
Basic drones are a dime a dozen these days, turning up everywhere from Walmart to your local 7-Eleven. But most of them share a few drawbacks – they’re cumbersome to carry around, easy to damage, and their spinning propellers can be a hazard to anyone who goes near them.

Elon Musk’s Latest Idea? Fly People Around the World on SpaceX Rockets

Elon Musk’s Latest Idea? Fly People Around the World on SpaceX Rockets
To be honest, I’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to Elon Musk’s “big ideas.” Sure it’s cool that he’s made some insanely fast electric cars at Tesla, but the cars have suffered from lots of reliability and build quality issues.

Giant LEGO Space Shuttle Can Actually Fly

Giant LEGO Space Shuttle Can Actually Fly
Many fans fondly remember LEGO set #1682, the Space Shuttle Launch. It was released 27 years ago, and is a classic. Well, last month Adam Woodworth created a tiny drone version of LEGO’s shuttle that could fly indoors, which was cool enough, but now he has created a larger version that can fly like an RC plane.

Guy Takes Flight on His Giant Drone

Guy Takes Flight on His Giant Drone
Check out this video from amazingdiyprojects as he takes his homemade multi-rotor copter out for its first manned test flights. Yes, it looks like a death trap. He is just sitting there surrounded by dozens of angry, spinning rotors.