While there has been advances made in the world of robotics, we are not quite on the cusp of a robotic apocalypse just yet. Still, this does not detract from the good work that was done by different research groups, including a Maryland professor’s robot bird that is said to be good enough to fool the real thing, as you can see for yourself in the video above. This robotic bird is able to dive and roll in such a realistic manner, that other birds have actually thought it was a rival, and attacked it in mid-flight.
The brainchild of Professor Satyandra Gupta who has this great love for birds, he decided to put his skills as a professor of mechanical engineering to good use at the University of Maryland. Calling it the Robo Raven, this is a labor of love that has taken a good eight years to complete, where he obviously met with his fair share of failures in the past. It would be interesting to see how the Robo Raven will be used in everyday life, although I suspect that the military might find it useful for their purposes.