Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Flapping-Winged Flying Toy

PostedDecember 23, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  The remote-controlled FlyTech toy is based on the flight mechanics of a dragonfly.

Sean Frawley:  It's the very first flying toy that uses flapping wings to fly.

Randy Atkins:  That's Sean Frawley.  He invented the concept, which uses two sets of wings, when he was in high school.

Sean Frawley:  The upward flapping wings are creating thrust, and the downward flapping wings are creating lift.  And so it's able to move forward and up at the same time.

Randy Atkins:  Now, at twenty-three, Frawley's project engineer at a Hong Kong-based company mass producing his invention.

Sean Frawley:  It's a hybrid of all sorts of technologies that make it workable.

Randy Atkins:  Including an ultra-light battery and materials that allow crashes without damage or injury.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.