Since their invention, drones have constantly been evolving. In the present day, drones are no longer just standard four rotored UAVs. Along with technology, the definition of a drone has also evolved. There exist drones which act as taxis, ambulances and can perform deliveries. Some drones resemble a plane and perform military operations while some can even go underwater and blend with the marine life owing to their unique bionic design. Bionic drones are rapidly gaining popularity because of their special design which helps them to adapt to the natural surroundings without disrupting it. Bionic drones may resemble any bird or creature. The Bionic Bird is a drone which is a replica of an actual bird but can be controlled by the user.
It weighs less than 10 grams (0.35 ounces), it’s the size of a swallow, and it can fly up to an altitude of 100m. The flying and gliding of the drone is very life-like which makes it look like an actual bird. This helps the drone to not scare away other birds and blend in with the pack. A safety feature in the Bionic Bird is that it glides to the ground in case of a failure unlike its rotorcraft counterpart which drops from the sky and shatters into debris. However, this drone does not have a camera on it. The Bionic Bird is a leisure UAV and with its bird-like flight, it offers an experience which is similar to controlling an actual bird. It can easily be controlled via smartphone or a standard controller. This drone hardly produces any noise which results in a silent and smooth flight.
The Bionic Bird has plenty of add on accessories. It has its own power station which is an exact replica of an egg. When the drone is out of charge it can be perched on the ‘egg’ to recharge. The ‘egg’ has a battery inside of it which is capable of charging the Bionic Bird up to 10 times. It takes just 12 minutes for the drone to charge fully. Other accessories include bird skins and bodies which makes the Bionic Bird even more realistic with a feathered tail and wings. Its framework and wings are flexible, therefore it can handle impacts without any real damage. The nano drone has a battery life of 8-10 minutes and when controlled through its smartphone app it can even fly autonomously. Another striking advantage of this drone is that it does not require registration with the FAA. So it is completely safe and legal.
Modern bionic drones are a big leap in design and concept. This is one of the most creative drones present. The Bionic Bird is a perfect drone for outdoor camping or for adventurers. The future variations of such a drone may even include cameras and many other improved abilities like being able to fly the Bionic drone through a First Person View (FPV). It won’t be long before it becomes a tedious task to differentiate birds from drones.
Watch the Bionic Bird take its first flight: