Jarno Smeets has been working for several months on his Human Bird Wings project—assembling long nylon wings powered by outrunner motors, rigging up a complicated Android + Arduino + Wii arm-waving control system—and now—according to the video he’s just published—they work! Man can fly!
Some people are somewhat skeptical that little motors, shallow flapping, and trotting along a flat field are enough to launch a tall Dutchman into the air. You can watch the video and let us know what you think.
Protip: a ‘Flying Dutchman’ is part of the In-N-Out Secret Menu, and will get you two meat patties and two cheese. NOTHING else. Good for protienvores, folks looking for a snack for their dog, or those wanting a burger bigger than standard (they won’t make bigger than a 4x4 anymore).
The Dutchman who claimed to have succeeded in making a pair of wings which allow him to fly like a bird, confessed on Dutch television on Thursday night that the entire project is a hoax.
The human birdman Jarno Smeets is in fact Dutch filmmaker and animator Floris Kaayk, who developed the eight-month project as an experiment to see how online media works, he told chat show De Wereld Draait Door.