The French startup Bionic Bird has unveiled its latest creation, the X-Fly, a flying object that combines features of dragonflies and raspberries. The project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. The X-Fly, similar to its predecessor Metafly, boasts a carbon fiber frame and is equipped with springs and legs to enhance its durability and resistance to falls and collisions.
The X-Fly has been improved in several ways, including an increased wingspan to improve its gliding abilities, an updated wing wave mechanism that allows for safe movement in confined spaces, and gyroscopic and G-sensors developed in collaboration with the French army’s research and development program. These sensors regulate control to maintain stable flight and prevent the X-Fly from crashing due to user error.
The X-Fly is capable of speeds ranging from 5 to 20 km/h. One of its notable features is the ability to control it not only through a wireless remote control, but also via a new iOS/Android application connected via Bluetooth. The application offers three control options, including one-handed control using the phone’s tilt and touch screen. Additionally, a remote control with two joysticks can be attached to the phone.
The X-Fly is powered by a 55 mAh/3.7 V battery, which provides up to 12 minutes of flight time after a 12-minute charging period. Unlike the Metafly, the X-Fly’s battery is removable, allowing for quick replacement. Users also have the option to purchase additional accessories such as a joystick, LED lighting for night flights, a second battery, and an extra set of camouflage wings.
The X-Fly’s flight speed can be controlled by adjusting the angle of its tail, and it can withstand winds of up to 20 km/h. It can also be operated at a distance of up to 100 meters.
If the production of the X-Fly is successfully launched, backers can receive one with a donation of 79 euros (approximately $85) through the project’s Kickstarter page here.