bird is an instrument that acts according to mathematical
law, whose movements it is within our power to duplicate."
- Leonardo da Vinci
future of flapping-wing flight is in electronically controlled,
robotic ornithopters. We are selling a pre-programmed servo
controller that acts as the brain of your robotic RC bird.
But some people will want to take a more active role. You
can program the wing movements of the RC ornithopter yourself
and experiment with different steering methods or more complicated
designs. I created this resource page to help you get started
with the new technology.
are many different microcontrollers on the market. Any one of them
can be used to control servos in your RC bird. They differ as to
the cost, programming language, and the physical layout of the components.
The BASIC Stamp type of microcontroller shown above is probably
the easiest way to get started, because of the simple programming
language and availability of an educational starter kit. Robotics
hobbyists also like to use the Arduino microcontrollers, because
of available accessories and a more advanced programming language.
Most of the Arduino boards are too large for our purposes, but the
Arduino Mini is suitable for your RC ornithopters.