In order to design and create better flying robots, a team at Stanford University needed to see things our pitiful human eyes can't--like, how exactly does a hummingbird hover? How does a swift dive? So they grabbed a high-speed camera and went in search of birds.
Birds are exceedingly fast-moving animals, especially the various species of hummingbird, moving far too fast for the human eye to see naturally. Luckily, our human brains and hands have managed to invent amazing high-speed cameras like the Phantom, with which we can capture fireworks, smash TVs, and watch puppies roll around all in crazy slow motion, at thousands of frames per second. The Stanford team aimed a Phantom at various birds to see how they fly, and came away with some surprising insights.
Hummingbirds, for example, appear to do a very fast, very small shake along their spines, sort of like a wet dog shaking off--except in mid-flight. This has never been seen before, but could give teams attempting to create flying robots new clues as to how nature deals with the challenge of flight.
Biomimicry, in which engineers and scientists look to nature for inspiration, has a long and storied history, and it's especially useful for flying robots. Fixed-wing 'bots, with propellers or jet engines, have difficulty adjusting to less-than-ideal conditions. Point a fan at most flying surveillance robots and you can blow them right out of the air. But natural bird flight is much more flexible and capable of things robots can't do, like changing angles and directions at a moment's notice, adjusting on the fly for wind conditions, and contorting to fit into smaller spaces. If we want better flying robots, why not look to the birds?
"First-Ever Super-Slow-Motion Video Of Hummingbirds Hovering" - title
I know the writers often do not pick the headlines for the articles but this one is just way off, this is by far not the first nor the slowest time hummingbirds were recorded. What they said was "kind of the first high speed videos of some of these birds" that does not mean they are the first one to point a high end high speed camera at a humming bird.
yes, this is a terribly inaccurate headline.
LoL, PoPSCi troll the readers with exaggeration. Perhaps they did read what they copy and paste from other articles.
The video is very pretty to see!
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Nice to see the slow motion video of humming bird flight.
Compare that to the first motion picture ever made, also made at Stanford:
"The First Motion Picture Ever Made (1878) The Horse In Motion"
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Title bothers me.
Search "Hummingbird Aerodynamics- High Speed Video - Smarter Every Day 27" on youtube and you will see footage of hummingbirds shot with a Phantom V10 camera.
Video was posted Oct 17, 2011.
First time ever! Next we'll be testing the shark suit for the first time ever!
oh yeah, and I didn't realize I could make a billion dollars a day working from home using this simple trick:
I wish I had a $150,000 camera, paid for by someone else.
But Wonder!!! Don't you want to have earned that $150,000 camera?! Just click the link odalysrowan11 is providing. They seem to have some super awesome trick to making money since they're posting it all over the comments section of Popsci articles!
Consider this sir, the spam on PoPSCi persist because the website does not want to delete or ban it; like any good spam, it pays kick backs for clicks from users.
If a login becomes rogue, bad, trollish on PoPSCi, they will delete and ban that login, yet the comments of spam persist. Hence it must be approved.
@Wonder: You sound like you know a lot about Popsci policy towards comments on articles and what they typically will BAN people for. Beep, boop, beep lol... This is the kind of thinking that supports any conspiracy theory. There is no reasonable explanation (bad filters/moderators) why something happens, so it must be an unreasonable one (Popsci is in cahoots with the spammers). But realistically though... it's kind of starting to seem that way lol. Until Popsci stops getting clicks on articles with spam they won't put an effort forth to stop it. Basically it needs to affect their legitimate advertisements.