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Angry Birds in Real Life (for angry bird watchers)

Do you have any idea how much the bird watching industry is worth world wide annually? No. Well. It’s billions. More than $36 billion in the U.S alone. Angry Bird watching is a little known subset involving smart phones, iDevices, and the internet. Merge the two and you’d be on some sort of cash cow. Or cash crow. Here’s an example of what the Angry Birds might look like in real life.

From DeviantArtist Mohamed Raoof

Lego Angry Birds

I’m not sure that encouraging one’s children to build Angry Birds out of Lego and building things for them to knock down with a slingshot is a good idea. But here are some Angry Birds in Lego for your inspiration:

Created by Tsang Yiu Keung (Facebook page), via The Jailbreak.

Angry Birds Plush Toys, not actual size

TechCrunch has a scoop (not uncommon for the leading blog about goings on on the Internet). Everybody’s favourite iPhone game characters, the Angry Birds, are becoming tangible. Check out this range of plush toys headed your way (TechCrunch has photos of all of them).

Now, I can tell you that these birds aren’t actual size because somebody smart at
Wired/a> conducted some mathematical modelling on the game to determine its physics, and as a result, calculated that the red bird is five metres tall.

They worked out that there’s no air resistance in the angry birds world, and thus, gravity is the only force working on the bird (which moves at 2.46 angry birds per second in the horizontal direction).

“The only force acting on the bird (if the bird is not moving too fast) would be the gravitational force from the Earth. This is where I see lots of intro-student mistakes. They tend to want to put some force in the horizontal direction because the bird is moving that way. DON’T do that. That is what Aristotle would have you believe, but you don’t want to be in his club. There is no horizontal force in this case – no air resistance.

Check out the maths at Wired to see how the calculation of the bird’s height (actually 4.9m) was made.