My ideas

Hey guys,
I briefly want to share some of my sketches and theories on the human birdwings I’m planning to build. Hopefully this will explain some of the basic principals I have in mind a bit more. To explain it even better I’m also working on a 3d animated visualisation, which I hope to post very soon as well. I’ll split the information in two parts: Continue reading

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Interview with Bert Otten

Last Friday I had an interesting chat with Bert Otten, professor in Neuromechanics at the Univeristy of Groningen. We talked about my concept, which I showed him the day before. It was interesting to hear that some crucial points in my design were not considered impossible by him. This gives me great confidence to continue where I left off! Keep posted because this week I will release some sketches on this website.

More info on Bert Otten:
http://www.kalons.nl/otten/science.html
http://www.rug.nl/corporate/inbeeld/botten

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A short history of my inspiration

People always have been trying to fly in the same way as birds do. Beside my grandad, as I’ve posted before, there are more people who inspired me through the years. You guys all know Leonardo Da Vinci’s first flying machine sketches. And some of you might know Otto Lilienthal, who’s responsible for the kickoff in our history of aviation.

                  

A lot of people don’t know Da Vinci wasn’t the first. Almost 1200 years ago Abbas Ibn Firnas designed a set of wings which he intended to fly with. Many years later, around 1475, Leonardo Da Vinci designed his human powered ornithopter which in turn still inspires many other flying enthousiasts over the world. Both pioneers are big inspirators to me, because their dream wasn’t just a dream, but something they sacred believed in.
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Found grandpa’s old sketches

I asked my mother to look for the sketches of the flying bicycle my granddad once designed. After a long search she found them in the attic! Only 3 left unfortunately..

As a child I was always very intrigued by these drawings, back then I really believed that my granddad would once be able to fly on this bike. Later on I realised that this would never be possible, it was his naive, childish fantasy. The images of his flying bike always have been floating around in the back of my mind. For this reason my grandpa is still my biggest inspiration for starting this ‘Human Birdwings’ project. My dream about flying started because of his sketches. So I’m really happy my mother found these. Wondering where all the other drawings went, I’m quite sure there were much more!

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