Eagle Bird Robot

These movie clips are design simulations of the Eagle Bird Robot that is currently under construction. In fact the tail has already been built. The robot will have a wingspan of 2.4 metres (8 feet) and the flapping muscle, the pectoralis breast muscle, will be powered by the Sliding Force Mechanism that is currently under construction which uses an electric motor of 1.4kW mechanical output power. A prototype muscle has already been built and tested but it is a low power 120W device that is used as a proof of concept apparatus. Why is the robot so big? Well if it is smaller then it is difficult to engineer and if it is bigger it can’t fly.

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There is a real mechanism actuating each feather…the angles are not computer calculated. The tail pygostyle also has pitching and rolling degrees of freedom. The mechanism of bird feather actuation is fascinating and there are also other degrees of freedom that separate and interlock the feathers…not shown here. The mechanisms for the tail and main wing are in a formative state and there is still a lot of work to be done such as improved feather closing compactness, wing pronation and supination and flight feather twisting.

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DYNAMIC AGILE ANIMAL ROBOTS is the next genre of robots to be ground broken. They will create the next Industrial Revolution…an impact as great as Intel’s microprocessor that was created 40 years ago. What you see in Hollywood films such as I-Robot will become largely reality. What is stopping the ground breaking is the biomimetic skeletal muscle. Once we have such a a muscle then the road is clear for the MOST EXCITING ROBOTS THAT THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. These robots will be humanoid robots that can run faster than Usain Bolt; these robots will be four-legged animal robots that can run faster than a Cheetah (100kph or 60mph) and can swerve and chase like the real animal; these robots will take off, hover, fly, swoop and soar, catch a pigeon from the sky then land and perch on the branch of a tree just like a bald-headed eagle; these robots will swim and swerve and jump out of the water and dive and dodge just like a dolphin, these robots will be able to pounce and leap like a leopard; these robots will be able to play football like Rooney and Ronaldinho. These robots will move from science fiction to science fact but only when we have that elusive biomimetic skeletal muscle. Many readers will ask why do we want to do this? The answer is that such robots will be our helpers (see I-Robot), our friends; they will deliver goods; they will be used by the military; they will be used in industry as workers; they will be used in hospitals to save nurses from back breaking duties; they will be used for dirty and dangerous jobs; they will be used to travel to Mars. Yes they will take away jobs but the jobs they create will outnumber the jobs created. These jobs created refer to the maintenance and servicing of the robots. These robots will be quite complicated and so will need service technicians. Jobs will also be created in the spare parts business of these robots. This Industrial Revolution will happen within the next 10 years and shake us out of economic slump we are in at the moment.

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