The tiny hummingbird still has a wing up on manmade drones, according to a new study.
Stanford College scientists compared the lift and torque of hummingbird wings to the performance of a little drone from Prox Dynamics called the Black Hornet.
The researchers made use of a wing spinner to get more precise measurements from each hummingbird wing; rather than flapping each wing, the device spun it in a circle.
In addition to his team, lead researcher David Lentink located the top-performing hummingbirds had to do with 20 % greater effective compared to the human-engineered airplane. Not every hummingbird coincides, however when you compare the one that requires the least power to raise its weight with a drone, the hummingbird success. Twelve different hummingbirds were gauged in the research.