Festo's Bionic Learning Network program, which involves universities in the U.S. and Europe, aims to model mechanical systems after movement found in nature. In the past, the program's participants have experimented with elephant trucks and jellyfish to produce incredibly realistic - and creepy - robots.
The video below dives into the how the SmartBird functions. Festo's ability to echo natural movement is pretty wild, but it makes us wonder when science will be able to recreate these animals' mental characteristics along with their physical ones.
We're not sure we're looking forward to the day when real life imitates a marriage of The Birds and iRobot, but we're sure the tech behind it will be incredible.