Avian Awesomeness

It’s not a plane and it’s not just a drone—it’s something much more lifelike. The Bionic Bird mimics a bird in flight, right down to the flapping wings that soar up to 300+ feet. Founder Edwin Van Ruymbeke built upon mechanical birds designed by his grandfather and father before him. His dream was to combine electronics and smartphone technology to create the most realistic bird drone—though it took many years for the Bionic Bird to finally take flight. Keeping the bird light enough fly while using a powerful motor and battery was a challenge. But finally, technology caught up with Van Ruymbeke’s vision. Using the Flying App on your smartphone, simply tilt to direct its path. To recharge, rest the bird on its magnetic, egg-shaped charger and it will be ready for the next flight.

Bionic Bird

Flying Robotic Bird Drone

Avian Awesomeness

It’s not a plane and it’s not just a drone—it’s something much more lifelike. The Bionic Bird mimics a bird in flight, right down to the flapping wings that soar up to 300+ feet. Founder Edwin Van Ruymbeke built upon mechanical birds designed by his grandfather and father before him. His dream was to combine electronics and smartphone technology to create the most realistic bird drone—though it took many years for the Bionic Bird to finally take flight. Keeping the bird light enough fly while using a powerful motor and battery was a challenge. But finally, technology caught up with Van Ruymbeke’s vision. Using the Flying App on your smartphone, simply tilt to direct its path. To recharge, rest the bird on its magnetic, egg-shaped charger and it will be ready for the next flight.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Marc
    Marc

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce the Bionic Bird to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    12/14/2015 10:29 AM

    how much flying time per charge?

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 10:33 AM

    @Nancy

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 10:36 AM

    Dear Nancy, It's 8 mn fly for 12 mn charge. The egg charger (powerbank) will allow you to harge the bird 12 times. The egg will charge in 2 hours by USB on your computer.

  • Marijke
    Marijke
    12/14/2015 10:46 AM

    @Marc I'm sorry I don't understand you reply. How long for a two hour charge?

  • Kami
    Kami
    12/14/2015 10:55 AM

    @Marijke @MARC If I'm understanding this right, the bird will fly for eight minutes after a twelve minute charge sitting on the egg. The egg will charge the bird twelve times and when the egg is depleted it takes two hours to recharge, and it is charged via usb

    So the max fly time is eight minutes?

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 10:56 AM

    Hi @Marijke The Bionic Bird will fly for average 8 minutes and it requires 12 minutes to fully charge.

    The Bionic Bird charges through an associated egg. The egg plugs into a USB port via AC adapter or into your computer. The egg also serves as a power bank and will charge as you charge the Bionic Bird. This allows you to re-charge the Bionic Bird if you're not near a power source during play.

    Hope that helps!

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 11:00 AM

    @Kami, yes the max fly time is eight minutes at a time.

  • Holly Jensen
    Holly Jensen
    12/14/2015 10:43 AM

    How sturdy is this and what is the warranty? If it crashes, is it going to break?

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 11:10 AM

    @Holly Jensen I've crashed the bird many times during testing and even during this shoot (trees, walls, bricks, ground). The EPP foam it is made of is sturdy and I was surprised by the beating it could take! It has not broken on me yet.

    It still is a light product and we encourage everyone to handle with care otherwise. The box is sturdy enough that you may re-use and store it within the box when not being used.

    The set also comes with an additional set of wings.

    The Bionic Bird warranty covers manufacturing defects.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 11:12 AM

    @Holly Jensen Don't worry, it won't break if it crashes. The body is made in an Ultra-compact structure.

    Warranty is 30 days after purchase but we will handle any defective reported to us.

    Plus, you have a spare kit wings in the box .

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 11:16 AM

    Thanks @Marc!

  • Matt
    Matt
    12/14/2015 11:31 AM

    The video shows the bird being controlled by an iPhone. Do you also have an Android app?

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 11:35 AM

    @Matt yes Matt, the App is working on Android 4.3 minimum and Bluetooth 4. You can download the App by Googlre Play.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 11:38 AM

    @Marc Google Play !

  • snype
    snype
    12/14/2015 6:09 PM

    @Marc Gargoyle Play? :))

  • Donald
    Donald
    12/14/2015 11:48 AM

    Will the bird return to you?

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 12:19 PM

    Hi @Donald, the bird will not automatically return to you. The operator would need to steer it back towards themselves.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 12:19 PM

    @Donald not by his own, but it's pretty easy to bring it back by yourself as it is a 2 channels, like a car, you have only the power and direction to control? As it is a bird it is stable in the air, inspired by nature..

  • James
    James
    12/14/2015 12:01 PM

    The video refers to the bird as a drone. Does that imply that there is a camera somewhere on the birds body? When I hear drone, that is what I think of.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 12:16 PM

    @James The weight of the bird is 9 grams, we will need a bigger bird to insert

  • Bert
    Bert
    12/14/2015 2:32 PM

    WHY ARE YOU CALLING IT A DRONE? Not everything that flies is a drone. This is a remote controlled (R/C) bird and waaaaaay over priced.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 3:34 PM

    Hi Bert, thanks for the comment. It's sort of a tomato - tomato situation. I realize typing this that that phrase doesn't have the same oomph as in person, but I think you catch my drift. I consider it a remote controlled bird as well, but if we are being honest, bird drone sounds waaaay cooler.

    And in terms of price, if you feel it is out of your budget, we don't want you breaking the bank, but unfortunately making something this cool is going to come at a price. Hopefully with enough support on site, Marc can continue to produce these (maybe even an eagle version, Marc?) and bring them to a price more in your wheelhouse.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 3:58 PM

    @Bert I understand your question, you have to see it as the futur of the drones, a furtive drone, when it's in the sky 20 meter high you play with other birds and no one could imagine it's a flying machine. You are right that it will need a camera and we are working on it. you will see a bigger bird with hoovering flight but it will be in 2017. By now you can only train to be prepared...

  • snype
    snype
    12/14/2015 6:42 PM

    @Bert I was confused so I looked it up. There is some gray area: A model is remote controlled and flown in the presence or line of sight of the operator, where as a drone is an unmanned aircraft that can fly autonomously. The catch is the drone(like a military plane) is still being controlled remotely, by computer and GPS just from further away. My 2 cents, I would consider something a drone if, like a worker bee, it performs a function or task WHILE transporting itself. Ironically Roomba is autonomous but earthbound, but if it could fly, it would fit the true definition of a drone. :)

  • snype
    snype
    12/14/2015 7:02 PM

    @Marc It is a cool product and seems lifelike in it's movement. It is not overpriced considering it's uniqueness. There are far less interesting things at hobby shops that cost much more. Making something that flies with propellers is child's play compared the challenge of creating something that is staying aloft and steering with flapping wings. And throwing in the extra pair of wings does sweeten the deal.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 8:25 PM

    Thanks for the comments, Snype! The realism of Bionic Bird is what blew me away. Also, if you create a Roomba drone, you will have a launch day here on The Grommet. I promise you.

  • Scott
    Scott
    12/14/2015 10:10 PM

    Are you aware that if you RC bird weighs more than .55 pounds, it will be required to be registered with the new DOT law, that was just passed. Anyone flying drones, planes, helicopters in excess of that weight will have to register with USDOT.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 10:26 PM

    @Scott Thanks for the info Scott.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Bionic Bird

Flying Robotic Bird Drone

Avian Awesomeness

It’s not a plane and it’s not just a drone—it’s something much more lifelike. The Bionic Bird mimics a bird in flight, right down to the flapping wings that soar up to 300+ feet.

Founder Edwin Van Ruymbeke built upon mechanical birds designed by his grandfather and father before him. His dream was to combine electronics and
smartphone technology to create the most realistic bird drone—though it took many years for the Bionic Bird to finally take flight.

Keeping the bird light enough fly while using a powerful motor and battery was a challenge. But finally, technology caught up with Van Ruymbeke’s vision.

Using the Flying App on your smartphone, simply tilt to direct its path. To recharge, rest the bird on its magnetic, egg-shaped charger and it will be ready for the next flight.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Marc
    Marc

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce the Bionic Bird to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    12/14/2015 10:29 AM

    how much flying time per charge?

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 10:33 AM

    @Nancy

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 10:36 AM

    Dear Nancy, It's 8 mn fly for 12 mn charge. The egg charger (powerbank) will allow you to harge the bird 12 times. The egg will charge in 2 hours by USB on your computer.

  • Marijke
    Marijke
    12/14/2015 10:46 AM

    @Marc I'm sorry I don't understand you reply. How long for a two hour charge?

  • Kami
    Kami
    12/14/2015 10:55 AM

    @Marijke @MARC If I'm understanding this right, the bird will fly for eight minutes after a twelve minute charge sitting on the egg. The egg will charge the bird twelve times and when the egg is depleted it takes two hours to recharge, and it is charged via usb

    So the max fly time is eight minutes?

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 10:56 AM

    Hi @Marijke The Bionic Bird will fly for average 8 minutes and it requires 12 minutes to fully charge.

    The Bionic Bird charges through an associated egg. The egg plugs into a USB port via AC adapter or into your computer. The egg also serves as a power bank and will charge as you charge the Bionic Bird. This allows you to re-charge the Bionic Bird if you're not near a power source during play.

    Hope that helps!

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 11:00 AM

    @Kami, yes the max fly time is eight minutes at a time.

  • Holly Jensen
    Holly Jensen
    12/14/2015 10:43 AM

    How sturdy is this and what is the warranty? If it crashes, is it going to break?

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 11:10 AM

    @Holly Jensen I've crashed the bird many times during testing and even during this shoot (trees, walls, bricks, ground). The EPP foam it is made of is sturdy and I was surprised by the beating it could take! It has not broken on me yet.

    It still is a light product and we encourage everyone to handle with care otherwise. The box is sturdy enough that you may re-use and store it within the box when not being used.

    The set also comes with an additional set of wings.

    The Bionic Bird warranty covers manufacturing defects.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 11:12 AM

    @Holly Jensen Don't worry, it won't break if it crashes. The body is made in an Ultra-compact structure.

    Warranty is 30 days after purchase but we will handle any defective reported to us.

    Plus, you have a spare kit wings in the box .

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 11:16 AM

    Thanks @Marc!

  • Matt
    Matt
    12/14/2015 11:31 AM

    The video shows the bird being controlled by an iPhone. Do you also have an Android app?

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 11:35 AM

    @Matt yes Matt, the App is working on Android 4.3 minimum and Bluetooth 4. You can download the App by Googlre Play.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 11:38 AM

    @Marc Google Play !

  • snype
    snype
    12/14/2015 6:09 PM

    @Marc Gargoyle Play? :))

  • Donald
    Donald
    12/14/2015 11:48 AM

    Will the bird return to you?

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 12:19 PM

    Hi @Donald, the bird will not automatically return to you. The operator would need to steer it back towards themselves.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 12:19 PM

    @Donald not by his own, but it's pretty easy to bring it back by yourself as it is a 2 channels, like a car, you have only the power and direction to control? As it is a bird it is stable in the air, inspired by nature..

  • James
    James
    12/14/2015 12:01 PM

    The video refers to the bird as a drone. Does that imply that there is a camera somewhere on the birds body? When I hear drone, that is what I think of.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 12:16 PM

    @James The weight of the bird is 9 grams, we will need a bigger bird to insert

  • Bert
    Bert
    12/14/2015 2:32 PM

    WHY ARE YOU CALLING IT A DRONE? Not everything that flies is a drone. This is a remote controlled (R/C) bird and waaaaaay over priced.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 3:34 PM

    Hi Bert, thanks for the comment. It's sort of a tomato - tomato situation. I realize typing this that that phrase doesn't have the same oomph as in person, but I think you catch my drift. I consider it a remote controlled bird as well, but if we are being honest, bird drone sounds waaaay cooler.

    And in terms of price, if you feel it is out of your budget, we don't want you breaking the bank, but unfortunately making something this cool is going to come at a price. Hopefully with enough support on site, Marc can continue to produce these (maybe even an eagle version, Marc?) and bring them to a price more in your wheelhouse.

  • Marc
    Marc – Special Guest
    12/14/2015 3:58 PM

    @Bert I understand your question, you have to see it as the futur of the drones, a furtive drone, when it's in the sky 20 meter high you play with other birds and no one could imagine it's a flying machine. You are right that it will need a camera and we are working on it. you will see a bigger bird with hoovering flight but it will be in 2017. By now you can only train to be prepared...

  • snype
    snype
    12/14/2015 6:42 PM

    @Bert I was confused so I looked it up. There is some gray area: A model is remote controlled and flown in the presence or line of sight of the operator, where as a drone is an unmanned aircraft that can fly autonomously. The catch is the drone(like a military plane) is still being controlled remotely, by computer and GPS just from further away. My 2 cents, I would consider something a drone if, like a worker bee, it performs a function or task WHILE transporting itself. Ironically Roomba is autonomous but earthbound, but if it could fly, it would fit the true definition of a drone. :)

  • snype
    snype
    12/14/2015 7:02 PM

    @Marc It is a cool product and seems lifelike in it's movement. It is not overpriced considering it's uniqueness. There are far less interesting things at hobby shops that cost much more. Making something that flies with propellers is child's play compared the challenge of creating something that is staying aloft and steering with flapping wings. And throwing in the extra pair of wings does sweeten the deal.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 8:25 PM

    Thanks for the comments, Snype! The realism of Bionic Bird is what blew me away. Also, if you create a Roomba drone, you will have a launch day here on The Grommet. I promise you.

  • Scott
    Scott
    12/14/2015 10:10 PM

    Are you aware that if you RC bird weighs more than .55 pounds, it will be required to be registered with the new DOT law, that was just passed. Anyone flying drones, planes, helicopters in excess of that weight will have to register with USDOT.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    12/14/2015 10:26 PM

    @Scott Thanks for the info Scott.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.