Scientists are looking into how manoeuvrability used by seagulls’ wings can adapt the smarter drones of the future.
The researchers from the University of Toronto think the way in which the birds can adapt their ‘spanwise camber’ of their wings is something that could help drones become adaptable devices also.
According to a report in the Times, Philippe Lavoie, a scientist working on the research, thinks if technology can be used to replicate the bird’s wings, it could help solve some issues encountered in-flight, such as how emergency services operate on rescue missions in tight areas.
Discussing the benefits, Lavoie said: “If you can change the shape of wings, you can create more stable configurations with lower drag when you want more insurance. Gulls can use updrafts to increase altitude so they don’t have to flap their wings as much to conserve energy if they need to make quick manoeuvres.”
He added: “The idea of bio-inspired research is to try to try to understand how nature does it, given that it had millions of years to adapt to certain conditions. Once we do that we can pluck out for our own designs.”
In December, CDP reported on a foldable drone designed to help search and rescue teams.
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