Friday, December 15, 2006

WowWee Dragonfly Ornithopter

Expect a flying robot Dragonfly next year from Robosapien creators WowWee.
The flying robot is powered completely by flapping wings - no propellers. According to T3, it can fly for 15 minutes within 150 feet of the remote control.

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The design of the robot fly is based on the ornithopters of Sean Frawley who is currently a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and consultant to toymaker WowWee.
The design is based on the rubber-band powered ornithopter plans that Frawley designed while in high school. With a friend he started a online business, Ornithopter Technologies, selling the flyers.

Video via T3.com

WowWee expects to have the Dragonfly robots available for sale by next Christmas. They have a debut planned for the Consumer Electronics Show next month.

UPDATE:
Check out the official FlyTech website www.flytechonline.com

UPDATE2: Radio Shack shows these available now for $50 with a 1-2 day delivery. I have not ordered one myself so I don't promise anything. If someone else gets one that quick please post a comment here.
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7 Comments:

Blogger Bob Mottram said...

Awesome!

12:37 PM, December 16, 2006  
Blogger JakeH said...

It even *sounds* like something out of a cheap horror movie!

Must... Have...

1:41 PM, December 17, 2006  
Blogger Doug said...

I have one! My friend saw it in an article on NY Times. I found the FlyTech website and ended up at RadioShack, thinking I wouldn't be able to get it until March. Low and behold, it was featured on the homepage. I ordered it on the 8th, got it 2 days ago and just got it out. It's very, very cool... so cool, I wrote a review about it at:
www.mydragonfly.info

6:43 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Prospector said...

Thanks for the update, Doug!
It's a great review.

8:21 AM, February 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got one of these today! Flies fairly well, although it takes a while to get the hang of it. My particular model seems to want to bank left if it gets unstable, but with careful attention to the throttle, it flies pretty straight. I've taken a few jaunts outside so far and have dabbled with a few indoor flights.

11:09 PM, February 17, 2007  
Blogger egadfly said...

i'm a huge dragonfly fan (and pilot!)

I just found an interview with the wowwee inventor of the dragonfly, Sean Frawley. Details on the fly, its creation, its durability and more...
http://www.robocommunity.com/article/11198/Interview-with-Sean-Frawley--Creator-of-the-FlyTech-Dragonfly/

8:39 AM, April 29, 2007  
Blogger egadfly said...

Interview with Dragonfly Inventor Sean Frawley

8:41 AM, April 29, 2007  

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