Movies often portrayed robot apocalypse with robots that were as sophisticated as humans with respect to agility and dexterity. The truth is, we do not have worry about such “robot apocalypse” because, it takes a lot more than bolts and nuts, and circuit boards to make a robot as capable as humans. But we can’t say for sure if Germany’s automation company, Festo, keep making progress like this. What you see here is Festo BionicSoftArm, a robotic arm that uses compressed air (AKA pneumatic) to serve as its “muscles,” allowing it pick up a variety of objects and shapes without crushing it. And because it is soft, it won’t pose any danger to its fellow human workers. Continue reading Is Festo BionicSoftArm Robotic Arm The Beginning Of Humanoid?
These days, biomimicry is a big thing for Germany’s industrial control and automation company Festo. This eel-like robotic fish you see here, called BionicFinWave, is one of its newest robot in the company’s study into biomimicry and man, it is pretty darn creepy! Seriously, why do need to give them eyes? It has a camera on its ‘nose’ already, didn’t it? Anyways, The level of creep of this thing rivals that of the crawling robotic salamander. Continue reading Festo Has Created A Robotic Fish That Swims Using Undulating Fins
Festo may be an industrial control and automation company best known for its pneumatic products, but over the years, it has pretty much sealed its reputation as the master of robotic biomimicry. Seriously, the robotic stuff that this German multinational company has came up with thus far were fascinating, thrilling and at times, somewhat nightmare-inducing. And one of the latest to join its growing portfolio of robotic biomimicry is the BionicFlyingFox you see here. Continue reading Festo BionicFlyingFox Flies And Looks Like The Real Thing
Mankind was once fascinated by the idea of flight. Now that we have achieved it (flight), some companies are still striving to find ways to replicate flight by nature’s creatures. Festo, a German industrial control and automation company, is one such company. We have seen many fascinating examples, including the likes of BionicKangaroo, super life-like seagull and more recently, creepily eery octopus tentacle, coming out of the company’s Neckar research lab. Continue reading Festo’s BionicOpter Mimics Dragonfly Flight, Makes You Question Reality
In this episode of Manmade Nightmares*, we witness a robotic octopus tentacle showing off its life-like dexterity, complete with a hissing soundtrack, that guarantees to induce nightmare in some of us. Developed by robotic company Festo, who is also behind a ton of biomimicry projects (like the bionic kangaroo and the robotic seagull), the aptly named OctopusGripper demonstrated its ability hold of things on its soft, lack of hard structure tentacle. It is pneumatically controlled, affording the tentacle the ability to flex and grab on to objects like a real octopus would. Continue reading Robotic Octopus Tentacle Is Awesome, But It Is Also Creepy As Hell
You know the, jellyfish-like dirigible that were used to keep DNA records of humans in the sci-fi flick, Aeon Flux? Well, the future may sees such type of ‘ship’ cruising around us for different purposes, such as serving as airborne assistance system for folks working at height. No, we are not letting our imagination run wild, neither are we crazy. German industrial control and automation company Festo has in fact developed something of eerily similarity. Ok, it can’t hold people inside, much less contain racks and racks of digitalized DNA records (and does not look anything like a jellyfish), but this futuristic airship, called Free Motion Handling Autonomous Flying Gripper Ball, shares some similarities with the dirigible in the movie. Continue reading Free Motion Handling Autonomous Flying Gripper Ball – The Future Is Here
once every few years, German industrial control and automation company Festo will unveil an amazing animal inspired robot. the last we have seen dates back to 2011 where we were awed by the incredible life-like seagull and this time round, the Esslingen am Neckar-based firm gets back to the ground and came up with another recognizable robot – the BionicKangaroo. unlike the frictional six million dollar man, this roo is not part kangaroo, part robot; it is a fully robotized version of the iconic animal native to Australia. this mechanical, or should we say bionic, marsupial is able to transverse quickly and efficiently like its real life counterpart and it has Achilles tendon in the form of elastic spring element that stores energy upon landing, ready for the succeeding jump, while electric servomotors-controlled tail helps in balancing the bionic creature as it leaps a foot and half into the air and lands surefooted like the real thing. Continue reading BionicKangaroo By Festo
now, it is not only hummingbird that we must be aware of. the next seagull you spot could be a flying robot. the upside is, it won’t poop on you indiscriminately or a take a bite off the food from your picnic basket, but the downer is, it could be spying on you. Festo has just unveiled the next generation of flight, dubbed the Smart Bird, which mimics a real flying seagull. you won’t believe how real it is to the real seagull. check out the video clip after the break to witness it for yourself. constructed out of ultra-light weight materials such as carbon fiber and sensitive control electronics, this piece of magnificently engineered bird weighs in at just 450 grams. strictly speaking, it weighs much lesser than your iPad 2. Continue reading the next time you spot a seagull, it could be a robot