Clear Flight Solutions builds drones that look just like peregrine falcons and eagles. However, despite appearances, these are highly complex robots that carry a full onboard computer.
These 3D-printed robotic birds, called RoBirds, are used to scare off other birds. They use “flapping wing flight as a means of propulsion,” says Clear Flight Solutions, “with a flight performance comparable to real birds.” Watch the video at the bottom of this post to see one in action.
“By triggering the instinct of birds, through the combination of silhouette and wing movement, chasing off birds becomes fully controllable…” says the company. “The Robird version of the peregrine [falcon] is just as intimidating to birds as the real deal. After a couple of flights, the bird population understands that they are living in a dangerous hunting territory, and will take their business elsewhere.”
It’s a clever approach and the Robirds could prove particularly useful on agricultural sites and around airports, preventing crop failures and damage to aircraft.
Over the last few years, the company from Twente in the Netherlands has grown significantly, thanks in part to an investment of 1.6 million euros from the US investment fund Cottonwood.
However, company founder Nico Nijenhuis believes that remote-controlled birds of prey are not enough, despite their complex onboard computer and impressive appearance. “The future of this technology is in full automation,” he told IQ. See the Robird Eagle soar in the video below.