Robirds Can Help Farmers Keep Crop Eating Birds at Bay

September 9, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We have been hearing of drones and other aerial aircraft miniatures for quite a while now, but the brains at Clear Flight Solutions are up for something even more charming. What they are up to deliver is something that takes the shape of birds in flight.

Birds have been mankind’s old time friends, and have aided technology that led to the invention of flying machines. The latest is that Nico Nijenhuis of Clear Flight Solutions has give shape to a flying miniature creation that exactly resembles the birds, from all perspectives.

Robirds, as they are called, are artificial birds that could be put to flight by means of a remote control.

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Be it in its look, flapping of their wings or in the mode of flight, Robirds are exactly akin to the birds. Built with 3D glass fiber and nylon composite material, these motorized birds have been painted to look like the avian wonders.

But is there a purpose for such creation when we have more precise flying stuff crowding the market? Well you may have to take your thoughts to varied perspectives to find a justification. The first thing you need to consider is that not all the man made miniature flying creatures are aimed at delivering objects.

Robirds intend to do what exactly the birds do – to create the fear of attack among the rest. Though not all would agree, birds are sometimes the sort of nuisance when it comes to certain matters, say crop destruction.

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It’s in those areas where the Robirds would prove good. They may be used to keep crop eating birds at bay. It doesn’t need any bright mind to think of what makes the birds flee away when the Robirds are around. When you have the predator and the prey, what arises is a natural instinct for survival  and the smaller birds  wouldn’t want to stay on.

These artificial birds have been designed in two shapes –  the peregrine falcon model and the eagle model. While the peregrine falcon model is bulky enough with a body length of 58 cm and a wingspan of 120 cm, the eagle model is the more mighty ferocious model with a wingspan of up to 220 cm and double the body length of the falcon model.

The Robirds are now under development and will be put through tests until mid-2015. Post that date,  they are expected to be brought to the commercial market place. Let’s wait to see them take to the skies.

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