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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:24 AM

'Robosparrow' created from dead bird

A dead bird animated by off-the-shelf robotics helped US biologists study behaviour in the swamp sparrow species.

Scientists at Duke University in North Carolina worked with engineering students and a taxidermist to operate the wings of a deceased swamp sparrow.

They programmed simple Picaxe computer chips, and built a tiny linear motor to fit inside the cavity of the bird they named Robosparrow.

They were studying male aggressive behaviour among the species.

The experiment, carried out over a period of two months, confirmed to the researchers that wing-flapping is a sign of male aggression, said Dr Rindy Anderson who led the study.

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The living male birds were equally aggressive to Robosparrow whether its wing movements were activated or not, the researchers found.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21579211

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The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
TM99 Feb 2013 #1
Berlum Feb 2013 #4
TM99 Feb 2013 #6
Scootaloo Feb 2013 #2
cliffordu Feb 2013 #3
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #5

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:41 AM

1. Well naturally they were aggressive!

That damned Robosparrow was a zombie! I would be aggressive too if my buddy was reanimated with off-the-shelf robotics and a Picaxe brain.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 05:41 AM

4. "You rang?" - Zombiesparrow

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Response to Berlum (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:02 PM

6. Now that is funny!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:53 AM

2. Well, now Orville the Helicopter Cat has something to chase...

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:01 AM

3. This kind of explains grantcart and his constant flapping.

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 08:00 AM

5. ive seen a robot chicken now a robot sparrow? SCIENCE!

 

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