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Video: BionicKangaroo Mimics the Real Thing

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Ann R. Thryft   4/22/2014 12:53:25 PM
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mrdon, glad we can be a source for your research: that sounds like a fascinating and worthwhile project. And if you are interested (and allowed by the project constraints) to write a guest blog about some aspect of the IoTH design/product development process, please let me know.

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mrdon   4/22/2014 12:47:20 AM
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Ann

Thank you for the comment and your welcome. This article is quite timely due to a project that I've started to work on with a VP of Content Strategy at O'Reilly Pubiishing. The objective of the project is to discuss how IoTH devices can be implemented using a training kit as the hand-on vehicle for product creation. The ultimate goal of the project is create an IoTH training kit along with a book for software developers interested in tinkering with Mechatronic devices. I can see by this video and other Design News articles published on IoT that they will serve as good source for research material and inspiration. Again, great article.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/21/2014 7:45:35 PM
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mrdon, that's a fascinating connection you made. I would not have made a mental association between Festo's bionic 'bots and IoT, but then, I hadn't heard yet about IoTH. Thanks for that: I always learn something from your comments. And no, the human-kangaroo communications doesn't seem to go through the cloud. But I wouldn't be surprised if Festo is working on that, too.

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mrdon   4/21/2014 7:27:17 PM
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Ann,

That's an amazing video of Fiesto's kangaroo robot. It kind of looks like a toy that you can snap together like Legos. I'm really impress with the lift this robotic kangaroo has and how its able to land on it's feet. This mechatronic machine has a small pinch of the IoTH (Internet of Things and Humans) that Tim O'Reilly has been discussing on his blog. IoTH has elements of sensors, intelligence, network (cloud) and a human that interacts with a device and a machine (robot). Although the communications between the robot and the operator establishes a wireless network (Bluetooth, RS232,and RS485), I don't believe the digital data that transverses between the robot and operator migrates to the cloud. What a great article!

The link below is Tim O'Reilly's interesting article on IoTH.

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/ioth-the-internet-of-things-and-humans.html

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Ann R. Thryft   4/21/2014 12:04:42 PM
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Danyali_Ali I totally agree. Festo is way out there at the head of the robotics pack in so many ways. Since all their R&D is aimed at eventual use in industry, you may be on to something there about energy harvesting.



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Ann R. Thryft   4/21/2014 12:03:55 PM
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Lou, I didn't know that about kangaroos either. They've basically got huge rubber bands on their heels. Pretty cool eh?



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Daniyal_Ali   4/20/2014 6:57:26 AM
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This is truly amazing Ann. A perfect example of combining pneumatics and electrical drive. The details of the robot are also astounding and the most important thing is how precisely they have handled the stability. Perhaps increasing the yield of the energy being stored by the BionicKangaroo could result in utilizing that energy for other means apart from using it for the next jump.

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naperlou   4/18/2014 1:02:46 PM
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Ann, when you mentioned that the bionic kangaroo recovered energy from a jump, I immediatly thought that is a difference from nature right there.  Then I find out that real kangas do that as well.  Very interesting.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/18/2014 12:35:11 PM
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Jim, thanks for the enthusiastic response. Festo's bionic robots absolutely blow me away and I'm glad that response is shared by others. And you're right, Festo doesn't do it just for kicks--these animal-like robots are proofs of concept for combining various abilities and technologies with an eye to their eventual use in industrial settings.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/18/2014 12:02:41 PM
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Jaw-dropping amazement.  The ergonomic observation team at FESTO gets my Kudos.  To be able to simply observe the grand designs of nature and emulate them mechanically is just amazing.  I think some people might say, "OK, cool, but what's the point-?"  But I see the pure developmental process as the point;  that we may take future automations to levels never before imagined.  Fantastic feat by FESTO,,,,again!

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