As someone who has long loved both biomicry (having served on Biomimicry 3.8’s board for some years, for example) and flight (from Leonardo via Otto Lilienthal to Bertrand Piccard of the Solar Impulse, who I met some years ago via Covestro), I was thrilled to see a piece in the latest Financial Times ‘How To Spend It’ supplement on the MetaFly.
Flight is built into our 12-year-old Volans branding.
And I always remember the ornithopters in the science fiction novel Dune, by Frank Herbert, who I also had the privilege of meeting way back. Here, finally, is a living (well almost), working example of ornithoptering. Well done Bionic Bird – and well done KickStarter, for helping fund.
Am sure these plastic wonders will cause unintended consequences, but I love the spirit of the thing. And given the way we are going, who knows, but we may well end up with similar nanorobots pollinating future landscapes …