Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Grounded! 'Bird man' admits flying video is a fake
msnbc ^ | 3/23/2012 | Natalie Wolchover

Posted on 03/23/2012 6:31:33 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

A Dutch man named Jarno Smeets became an Internet sensation this week after posting a video on YouTube in which he appears to fly like a bird. In the video, he straps on a contraption that supposedly syncs the motion of his flapping arms to that of a huge pair of wings made of kite fabric, allowing him to flap the wings and take off into the air.

Except not.

As reported yesterday by Life's Little Mysteries, CGI experts quickly found flaws in the footage of Smeets taking flight that revealed the video clip had been tampered with. Internet marketing experts suggested the video may have been a viral ad campaign — for Nintendo Wii, perhaps, as Smeets claimed to have used Wii controllers to operate his wings.

By the end of the day, doubt surrounding the video had soundly overtaken belief in the amazing new invention it seemed to show in action.

And now, the jig is up. Smeets, whose real name is Floris Kaayk, has come clean on Dutch television, admitting that his videos and accompanying blog were nothing more than what he calls "online storytelling." His flying video attracted more than 3 million views on YouTube.

(Excerpt) Read more at today.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS:

1 posted on 03/23/2012 6:31:34 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux

Anyone who has every used a GoPro knew it was fake immediately.
Without a steadycam holder you can’t even walk in a straight line without wobbling with a GoPro.
And the 13th video this guy posted showed how they faked it. So it wasn’t like he was trying too hard to fake it.

It was a good viral stunt though.


2 posted on 03/23/2012 6:35:46 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux

The last time human powered flight took place it required a very, very fit athlete with a unique air craft. Even then it looked difficult.

Flapping wings? No, I don’t think so.


3 posted on 03/23/2012 6:50:10 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: count-your-change
The concept here was not human-powered flight, but power-assisted flight IIRC (battery pack, I think).

I don't think this concept is that far out of the question...at least for a very short distance.

4 posted on 03/23/2012 6:55:18 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "Will someone rid me of that Nettlesome Newt?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: count-your-change

Watching the video its clear to me that you wouldn’t be able to flap your arms like that for long and could never flap them hard enough to get off the ground.

Birds are built for that kind of strength.


5 posted on 03/23/2012 6:55:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux
The following video is of a jumper in Norway and his flight that was captured from cameras on him and other locations along the flight path.

Sense of Flying


6 posted on 03/23/2012 7:04:15 AM PDT by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: deport
Here's the best wing suit base jumping video I have seen. Pretty amazing stuff...
Video

7 posted on 03/23/2012 7:15:57 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "Will someone rid me of that Nettlesome Newt?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux
A human flapping their arms with or without a battery assist isn't going to work as bird-like winged flight is far more than flapping wings up and down.
8 posted on 03/23/2012 7:17:48 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: deport

IIRC, these wing suits have 3:1 glide ratio (3’ forward for every 1’ of drop).


9 posted on 03/23/2012 7:18:36 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "Will someone rid me of that Nettlesome Newt?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Or take the prone position w/o a strong airflow which is absent.


10 posted on 03/23/2012 7:20:49 AM PDT by Vinnie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

It would take a bit more than working out at the gym.


11 posted on 03/23/2012 7:21:41 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: count-your-change
Here's the robotic mechanism that the French Institute of Robotics (Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique) is working on...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIfY-GdWi7M&feature=player_embedded

12 posted on 03/23/2012 7:21:46 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "Will someone rid me of that Nettlesome Newt?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux

Birds 1
People 0


13 posted on 03/23/2012 7:22:20 AM PDT by texaschick
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux
CGI experts quickly found flaws in the footage of Smeets taking flight...

Interesting, I found flaws in the physics before getting the end of the first paragraph. There is a reason that flying birds hav hollow bones and most all of their muscle mass in their breast.

14 posted on 03/23/2012 8:01:40 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux

Impressive work!


15 posted on 03/23/2012 8:04:43 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek
Birds are built for that kind of strength.

Birds also have hollow bones.

Regards,
GtG

16 posted on 03/23/2012 8:26:25 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SampleMan
Years ago (and maybe still), Brookfield Zoo in Chicago had an interactive display...basically you would lay down on your chest and stretch your arms out onto some scale size hinged wings. You then had to try and flap the wings as hard as you could. A computer would record your flapping and compare the strength to various birds...like sparrow to eagle or something.

I'm a big guy, 6'-3", 210lbs, hockey player, good shape, etc.

If I recall corrrectly, I equated to a cardinal...

17 posted on 03/23/2012 9:02:55 AM PDT by Axeslinger (Where has my country gone?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson