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Robotic Seagull Attracts an Actual Flock of Seagulls

Not sure what to make of this video of a robotic seagull which is powered simply by the motion of its wings.  The robot attracted an actual flock of seagulls during a test flight at TEDGlobal 2011, the annual five-day technology conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.  With obvious applications for policing and spying, the video of this device got us thinking about man’s increasing abilities to mimic nature, and perhaps disrupting its cycles in the process…thoughts?  Feel free to leave comments here or on our Facebook page.

 

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9 Responses to “Robotic Seagull Attracts an Actual Flock of Seagulls”

  1. [...] MixingReality notes, “With obvious applications for policing and spying, the video of this device got us thinking about man’s increasing abilities to mimic nature, and perhaps disrupting its cycles in the process…” [...]

  2. [...] MixingReality notes, “With obvious applications for policing and spying, the video of this device got us thinking about man’s increasing abilities to mimic nature, and perhaps disrupting its cycles in the process…” [...]

  3. Dominique says:

    love your sense of humor ridge!

  4. Ridge says:

    Such robots could serve well in zoology and ornithology field studies. Gardeners who have problems with crows cleaning out their fruit trees could use one or two robot owls flying around periodically. The prank and practical joke possibilities boggle the mind of an irreverent guy like me. Flying hawks near duck blinds where hidden shooters hide is an example that comes to mind;-)

  5. Dominique says:

    i’m going with michele on the disconcerting part…especially since it fooled the flock, though they seemed to figure it out after a while…

  6. Dominique says:

    our friend mark says:
    Harnessing nature! (Not quite what I mean by it, but a less subtle cousin.) Nice.

  7. Dave says:

    Impressive robot. Seagull behaviour is similar to that displayed when a predator is in the area e.g. buzzards, crows … so it looks like the seagulls were convinced! Doesn’t seem quite as smooth as real bird flight but I’m sure it will just get better .

  8. Michele says:

    very impressive, but just a weeee bit disconcerting. da Vinci must be rolling over in his grave!

  9. Rob says:

    It reminds me to the duck decoy: a life–size model of the creature. The hunter places a number about the hunting area as they will encourage wild birds to land nearby, hopefully within the range of the concealed hunter’s gun. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_decoy_%28model%29

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