Unfortunately, 'Human Bird Wings Video' is Probably a Hoax,

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mini6090

Is this seriously being questioned? If this is real... then so is this:

http://www.break.com/index/macbook-transforms-into-mini-jet.html

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limitbreaker

Its really obviously fake, imagine trying to lift your self by pushing down on something solid on your side and see how hard it is by just using your chest muscles, are we really going to beleive that puny guy is so strong/fast that he can lift him self high in the air by pushing down on air?

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Jox

There's another youtube video where he's on a Dutch(?) talk show admitting to the hoax. Hit the CC button on the bottom to see subtitles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OESwdRb48jM

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JohnP

Oh we can fly all right, just not for long and only in one direction. BTW, there is NO force of gravity! What we are really feeling is us trying to resist the bending of the time/space curve that surround massive objects. Newton only got it pretty much right, works great for planets and cannonballs, not so good for GPS, and not at all for quasars and pulsars.

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Jox

Does this have something to do with the "Gravity is a Push" theory?

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Blaze589

It's clearly a hoax. He's way too heavy and the wing span is too short. For his perceived weight (180lb) even if he moved those "wings" at the same rate as a hummingbird it still wouldn't be possible.

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nottma

My money is on this being a Go Pro viral video.

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Mortal_M

Exactly what I was thinking

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strangelove9

Here's the debunking story from Gizmodo: http://www.gizmodo.com/5895235/cgi-experts-say-flying-bird-man-is-fake

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biggiebob12345

Everything about the whole "flying with wings" process looked like a hoax to me. I can see managing to get a few inches off the ground for a few feet. But taking off like a bird like they show in the video? Not happening.

Gizmodo has a pretty thorough article debunking the video.

My opinion was that if this guy is really an engineer and this is really a "professional project" why wouldn't he use dedicated accelerometers instead of off the shelf wiimotes?

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dgrmouse

This, odd as it is for Max PC, was just what I needed to see this morning. Thanks!

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stradric

The movement of the guy in the air looks animated to me. Then his legs lift up like he's doing 60 MPH, when Wired estimates maybe 15 MPH. So ya, a decent hoax, but most certainly a hoax. Also, it's on the internet. When people come up with amazing inventions, they speak to news outlets.

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Craiiiig

If you look at around :17 to :20 the shadows look off. Camera cuts aside, I think there are other visual signs that this video is not completely honest. The biggest ones for me are the shadows on the wings. The wings themselves look too reflective as well. Also, from :35 to :40 the motion blur looks CG and the legs don't seem to really react to the flapping properly in my eyes. Those are the things that made me scratch my head about the whole thing.

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