Inspired by nature. Click on these images to watch videos – Robots made to look and act like nature by Festo
Festo’s – eMotion Butterflies – For the first time Festo combines the ultralight construction of artificial insects with collision-free flying behavior in a collective. For coordination purposes, the eMotion Butterflies make use of a guidance and monitoring system, which could be used in the networked factory of the future. Click on image for video.
The making of: BionicANTs – For the BionicANTs, Festo has not only transferred
the delicate anatomy of ants, but also their cooperative behavior to the world of technology. Like their natural role models, they communicate with each other and work together according to clear rules to solve a common task.
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Festo-FlexShapeGripper – Gripping modeled on a chameleon’s tongue:
by inverting its elastic silicone cap, the FlexShapeGripper can pick up, gather and set back down the widest range of objects in one procedure – without the need for a manual conversion. Click on image for video.
The Bionic Learning Network – Inspiration for factory and process automation
Automation technology carries out everyday tasks in factories such as gripping, moving and positioning goods as well as controlling processes. Nature performs all of these tasks instinctively, easily and efficiently. What could be more logical than to examine these natural phenomena and learn from them?
That is why Festo set up the Bionic Learning Network, a research network linking Festo to well-known universities, institutes, development companies and private inventors.
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