Festo uses robots like these to explore creative ways in which nature can be used as an inspiration for improvements in technology.
At the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., Festo, a German industrial automation company, brought along some of its incredible robotic animals for a rare public display. In an abandoned ballroom upstairs, Festo’s chief pilot, Markus Schäffer, showed off three of the company’s spectacular flying robots: eMotionButterfly, AirJelly, and AirPenguin.
In addition to these three robots, Festo engineers have also developed flying seagulls, hopping kangaroos, robotic ants that cooperate, a soft manipulator based on an elephant’s trunk, and a gripper inspired by the tongue of a chameleon.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words – take a look it is whimsical, delightful and very forward thinking. This jelly weighs just over two pounds and can stay aloft for several hours.