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Dutchman Takes Flight With Custom-made Wings
2012-03-21 12:14:16

Jarno Smeets, a Dutch mechanical engineer, might just have earned the nickname the Birdman of the Hague. This “flying Dutchman,” hasn´t so much reinvented the wheel, but rather reinvented the way man can fly. With his own custom-built “Human Birdwings” and making use of an HTC Wildfire S and a Wii Remote he´s been able to recreate the flapping motion that allows birds to take flight. While his flight only lasted about a minute and flew just 100 meters, it...