Festo, a German industrial automation company, recently unveiled three unconventional, nature-inspired robots with the perfect mixture of high-tech components and subtle cuteness.
The first featured robot is the eMotionButterfly. Utilizing a camera tracking system, the robot can fly autonomously through a crowded room, avoiding every obstacle in its path. Dispersed infrared cameras transmit important position data to an external computer, which coordinates the machine's movements.
According to Festo, "The eMotionButterflies impress with an intelligently employed mechanical system and the smallest possible power units in the tightest space. The reduced use of materials enables the true-to-nature flying behavior."
Festo's next creation is the AirJelly, which borrows its structural design from ocean-dwelling jellyfish. Eight tentacles push the giant helium body up and down, perfectly mimicking its real-life counterpart. The entire two-pound machine is remotely controlled by an internal bearing system.
Finally, Festo has created the adorable AirPenguin. This plump, flying blimp with flippers is definitely my personal favorite. The design has a flexible silver head and tail, which gently propels the robot through the air. The team says this penguin is built for efficiency, since a small battery can sustain flight for over two hours.
Festo continues to produce creative designs each and every year, and 2017 will be no different. Until then, make sure to watch these three flying robots in the video below.