France / USA / Chine
50 ANS d'expérience
The story of a life
Bionic Bird was born out of a passion to create, deeply rooted in a family history. Edwin VAN RUYMBEKE, Aeronautical Engineer, dreamed for years of being able to accomplish an electrical bird who could be the successor of the well-known TIM, the mechanical bird, invented by both his father and grand-father back in the sixties.
His high scientific knowledge of the flapping flights, gathered along the years, combined to a perfect proficiency in new technologies, made MetaBird and MetaFly possible, and won the CONCOURS LEPINE gold medal on the way…
Fitting all the working components into this life-sized bird’s body meant starting from a revolutionary design:
• Ultra-compact structure: a centrally aligned “spinal cord.”
• Mechanics: a proprietary patented speed reducer at the end of the motor
• Electronics: in order to optimize the number and layout of components and to produce a postage stamp-sized board!
We could write extensively on the number of steps we had to work through to achieve the incredible weight of 9 g for the finished bird. Each component has been the result of a weight-optimization study. The motors & the battery have been developed with the most specialized manufacturers. The most advanced electronic components in miniaturization have been selected.