Our family friend Lee Skinner forward this link to me which fits in line with the creative approach to solving complex engineering problems. By CBS News Staff

(CBS) – It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Alfred Hitchcock’s worse nightmare: a robotic bird!

According to this YouTube video description, scientist Markus Fischer and his team call it the SmartBird. It’s a lightweight robot that looks like a oversized seagull and flies the same way birds do: by flapping its wings.

The group demoed the flying marvel this year at the TEDGlobal conference.

Bring this to your next RC plane club meeting and you’ll be the toast of the town!