For Real: Man Flies By Flapping Arms w/ Attached Wings

March 20, 2012


UPDATE: Fake-ass hoax. I'm so ashamed. No -- no I'm not. I am topless though.

Seen here pretending to be Condorman, Jarno Smeets takes flight by running and flapping his wings, just like an ostrich. "Ostriches can't fly." Just like a dragon. "Dragons aren't real." You know, it breaks my heart to know you've truly lost all imagination. So yeah, the system, which amplifies Jarno's arm movement to the wings, allows him to fly -- just like a penguin. "Oh Jesus." No, Jesus never flew.

He developed the wings over an 8-month period. They use a special motion mechanism that is controlled by special software controlled by a haptic system. This allows him to literally start flapping his arms while running to take off and fly...

This first test took him just over a distance of 328 feet (100 meters) but obviously he's planning to go higher and farther than that. Jarno is ecstatic, he says: "I have always dreamed about this. But after 8 months of hard work, research and testing it all payed off."

I'm still shocked this even worked, but is that gonna stop me from half-assing my own pair of wings and plummeting to certain death from the top of the my apartment building? "I sure f***ing hope not!" Wow, have I ever told you you're the silver lining around my darkest cloud? "No." Well it's because you're a jerk.

Hit the jump for the video.

Human Birdwings Project Page
Man Flies Like a Bird Flapping His Own Wings [gizmodo]

Thanks to Sak, who flies like they do in the future: with the simple push of his jetpack ignition switch.

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