Posted March 21, 2012 by Christen Costa in Offbeat
Update: It’s fake, just as we thought. The hoaxsters came clean on Dutch TV.
Sorry, but sooooo fake. The Human Birdwing project may have taken the Internet by storm, but we’re calling it BS. Before we get into why, allow us to tell you a bit about the project.
The brain child behind the Birdwings is a Dutch engineer named Jarno Smeets. By rigging together a few motors and some kite like material he was able to take flight this past weekend, covering up to 100 meters of ground in the air using a bird like contraption. A set of Nintendo Wii controllers allow him to control the flapping motion of the wings simply by moving his arms up and down, similar to that of a bird, while a GoPro camera mounted on his helmet caught the action first hand.
The reason we’re calling it fake is based off the video footage alone. Once he is able to take flight you’ll notice the the motion of his body and legs is a very reminiscent, if not, CGI enhanced. Furthermore, his legs suddenly go from a dropped postiion to a prone position, though there is nothing supporting them, unless of course he has an incredibly strong core.
That all said, there is a more than strong likelihood this is a viral video designed to promote a product, such as the upcoming Wii. Apparently GoPro says they have no ties with the designer, so for now we can rule them out. If you remember, a few years back there was a viral video about a set of guys that could run across water, Liquid Mountaineering as well as a shaving helmet. At the time the majority believed that both were real, though skeptical, that is until it was revealed to be a shoe ad and a razor ads, respectively.