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World’s Smallest Da Vinci Ornithopter

World's Smallest Da Vinci Ornithopter (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Da Vinci may have never had any luck getting the flying vehicles he dreamed up off the ground, but this remote controlled ornithopter inspired by one of his sketches has no problems getting airborne. Instead of a spinning propeller or rotor, the ornithopter has as a set of durable mylar covered wings that flap 40 times a second, not unlike an actual hummingbird, and can be steered around a room using the dual-stick remote control. A 5 minute charge on the controller is good for about 7 minutes of flight, and it’s available from Hammacher Schlemmer for about $60.

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  • Jessicat

    How is this cheaper then the Indiana Jones figure?

    Well with the advancement of technology one would only think that creations of the past, can be made true now. It's only been a couple 100s of years since the designs were first thought up…

    It's pretty neat though, that this was brought to life the way it was.

  • mcman

    They should put little armaments on these things.

  • http://twitter.com/ChaoSoldier Brendhan Burleson

    I honestly think that this is probably the coolest flying thing that I have seen in years. First of all Da Vinci, secondly.. It actually flies!!! Awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19701276 facebook-19701276

    There's no way I can accept that this thing is capable of 3-dimensional flight. I'll have to see it to believe it.

  • ojone87

    if i wasnt toally swamped with bills i would so buy one of these, i am almost positive this is the only flying rc thing that ive ever seen that dosnt use a propeller or helium. which makes this truly unique in my eyes

  • baggyklown

    i would break that in about 5 minutes

  • timo_florida

    Mmmmm, perhaps the smallest COMMERCIALLY SOLD r/c ornithopter.

    Here's one that weighs only > 1 GRAM < with a 100mm wingspan (video, too):
    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t

  • timo_florida

    Mmmmm, perhaps the smallest COMMERCIALLY SOLD r/c ornithopter.

    Here's one that weighs only > 1 GRAM < with a 100mm wingspan (video, too):
    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t