This TED Talk, A Robot That Flies Like A Bird, blew the minds of both me and my 3 year old co-curator when we watched it. I had some explaining to do re: robot bird vs real bird, gears, sensors, motors, etc, (and at the five minute mark, there’s 20 seconds of detail that might cause restlessness). But the kid didn’t mind the explanations, especially when the pay off was seeing a robot bird fly!

There are other demonstration videos (with less/no talking) on Festo HQ’s YouTube channel, as well as this demo video from Diagonal View:

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