I'm not entirely sure if this is the right site for this question, but I recently went on a Greek Myth Binge and came across Daedalus again, and his famous first hanglider, made from feathers. Now, obviously this wouldn't work, even if we ignore using wax as a glue and the heavy structure and short wingspan, the feathers of normal birds are likely to small for human sized wings, and too fragile. And today, we of course have hangliders, but they're made from fabric or similar things, and I was just wondering why we don't use modern technologies to imitate feathers, of course optimized for human use. Would these hangliders be less effective than our ones? Or too expensive/complicated to build and maintain? Is it even possible to build a feather based hanglider? Why or why not?
Nature created a light structure (hollow bones in birds), materials (feathers) and a precision control system (brain, nerves, muscles and tendons etc) to achieve flight.
Matching that with the tech we have is challenging since hollow tubes do for the bones and hang gliders have that.
The materials used in terms of silks etc are light but any matching of feathers will need precision control and trying to build a detailed control system will need too much mass for the job in hand.