The Real Flying Dutchman
Posted: 22 March 2012 05:50 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Jarno Smeets has been working for several months on his Human Bird Wings project—assembling long nylon wings powered by outrunner motors, rigging up a complicated Android + Arduino + Wii arm-waving control system—and now—according to the video he’s just published—they work! Man can fly!

Some people are somewhat skeptical that little motors, shallow flapping, and trotting along a flat field are enough to launch a tall Dutchman into the air. You can watch the video and let us know what you think.

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Posted: 22 March 2012 08:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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On the front page, of course.

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Posted: 22 March 2012 12:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Here’s a a picture of a ballpoint sketch of the device. My question is: This looks like an early prototype drawing. Jarno is Dutch. Why do the notes in English at this point?

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Posted: 22 March 2012 02:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Robin Bobcat - 22 March 2012 08:43 AM

On the front page, of course.

curses… that page has been dead for so long I still forget to look at it.

 

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Posted: 24 March 2012 04:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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fixed the link

And it turns out to be a HOAX...

The Dutchman who claimed to have succeeded in making a pair of wings which allow him to fly like a bird, confessed on Dutch television on Thursday night that the entire project is a hoax.

The human birdman Jarno Smeets is in fact Dutch filmmaker and animator Floris Kaayk, who developed the eight-month project as an experiment to see how online media works, he told chat show De Wereld Draait Door.

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Posted: 24 March 2012 06:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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LaMa, your link keeps bringing me right back to this thread?

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Posted: 24 March 2012 07:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Isn’t LaMa the real Flying Dutchman (when he hops on a plane to go overseas that is)?

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Posted: 24 March 2012 09:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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hulitoons - 24 March 2012 06:59 AM

LaMa, your link keeps bringing me right back to this thread?

Oops! Fixed it….

I noted Wired.com now has a piece on it too (here).

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Posted: 24 March 2012 09:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Peter - 24 March 2012 07:39 AM

Isn’t LaMa the real Flying Dutchman (when he hops on a plane to go overseas that is)?

For decades “The Flying Dutchman” was the slogan of the Dutch airliner company KLM.

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Posted: 24 March 2012 09:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Anywho: I suggest one of the admins move this thread to Hoaxes???

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