Man flies like a bird, uses Android to control his wings. Can it be true? 90 by Bogdan Petrovan on March 21, 2012 4:54 am 4 Before we get into this story, a caveat: April 1 is just 10 days away. So, the story of a Dutchman who supposedly flew with a flapping-wing contraption (controlled by an HTC Wildfire S) might well be one of the most elaborate hoaxes in recent memory. But again, part of me wants it to be true so hard that I can’t help to run it. The story has already garnished hundreds of pro and con commentaries on Gizmodo or Wired, plus a positive appreciation from head Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman. Plus, the part that interests the readers of AndroidAuthority – the use of an Android phone as a “brain” of the wingpack – is certainly feasible and reasonable. But let’s get on to the story. Here’s the mind-blowing video of the supposed man-powered flight. The backstory A Dutch engineer named Jarno Smeets, which we will refer henceforth to as the Flying Dutchman, claims he has built a flapping-wing system that he successfully used to take off and fly like a bird. He documented his work on creating the device on his website, HumanBirdWings.net. Apparently, it took Smeets, a mechanical engineer, 8 months to turn his dream into reality. Along the way, he recorded several videos that show him and his friends working on the flying apparatus, which you can check out for yourself on his YouTube channel. An HTC Wildfire S, Wii remotes, plus some electric motors Now, Smeets doesn’t claim that he managed to take of solely on his own power. His flying device, which he calls a wingpack, uses servos and electric motors to augment his flapping movements and give the man+wings ensemble enough power to generate lift. According to the Dutchman, he needed 2000 Watts of power to achieve lift off, of which his body only provided about 5%….