HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Video: Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/4  >  >>
tekochip
User Rank
Platinum
Re: amaxing tech
tekochip   4/15/2013 10:34:53 AM
NO RATINGS
Determining the aerodynamics, wing design, and wing motion must have been a tremendous feat. The first few test flights probably weren't very pretty.


sensor pro
User Rank
Gold
Re: That's a cool robot
sensor pro   4/15/2013 10:58:00 AM
NO RATINGS
Great video. Impressive use of materials and Nitinol. Hope it will be available in a commerctial ki for hobby lovers. I hope this Germalengineering will not be costly.

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides
William K.   4/15/2013 12:06:37 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree that this robotic dragonfly is on a level consistent with what Festo has done in the past. Festo is indeed a high quality product manufacturer. That part is certanly true.

I also agree that remote control with a dedicated remote control transmitter is a far better choice, not only because of having better range and easier control, but also to avoid using an expensive smartphone in an application that certaily can result in damage. LOts of folks have smartphones, but a dedicated tramsmitter would be a very worthwhile alternative. Besides, then the monitor screen could be a bit larger, so that we could better see what the dragonfly sees. After all, this one would be a very good surveilance platform.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Festo Dragonfly
Ann R. Thryft   4/15/2013 12:33:34 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Al & Chuck, glad you liked it.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides
Ann R. Thryft   4/15/2013 12:46:22 PM
NO RATINGS
Greg, thanks for your input. Festo is the only company who's made me link the words "robots" and "beautiful." But even aside from that, one of the most interesting things about them as a company is their use of vertical integration. It's reminiscent of IBM in the old days--superb technology, apparently deep pockets and a desire not just to do better than their competitors, but to make the best possible machines.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: That's a cool robot
Ann R. Thryft   4/15/2013 12:48:46 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Greg. I, too, thought the use of SMAs was a nifty innovation.



Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: That's a cool robot
Rob Spiegel   4/15/2013 12:50:35 PM
NO RATINGS
That makes sense, Ann. Could be that this technology will solve an automation need that is not apparent at this moment. Since we never know how new technology might be used, technology that is not need-based still has value. The guy at 3M who came up with the Post-It note certainly wasn't looking for a glue that wouldn't dry.

Greg Stirling
User Rank
Platinum
Re: That's a cool robot
Greg Stirling   4/15/2013 2:50:10 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree Liz, There is a perception that robots need to be intelligent and glamorous.  Of course there is a big difference between industrial robots and humanlike robots.  When they start looking and talking like Ginger from Gilligans Island, then I will want to get one.  Industrial robots have less intelligence and looks than an automatic tranmission (unless you spend a fortune on software, sensors, barcode readers, and vision systems) and they will perform the same repetetive task millions of times without failure -  but you will still have to look at all those wires...

 

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: That's a cool robot
Elizabeth M   4/15/2013 2:57:05 PM
NO RATINGS
Yes, Greg, you're right, industrial robots certainly aren't very sexy. But they seem to be heading in a more attractive direction as well. I'm thinking of Baxter from Rethink Robots, which may not exactly look like a work of art, but is certainly easier on the eyes than traditional industrial robots.

Greg Stirling
User Rank
Platinum
Re: That's a cool robot
Greg Stirling   4/15/2013 3:26:49 PM
NO RATINGS
Baxter does look interesting, and he has two arms, so he can give you a hug if you are having a bad day.  But I am a little curious.  Is he a boy or a girl?

<<  <  Page 2/4  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
You know you're an engineer if you chuckle whenever anyone says "centrifugal force," or you find yourself at the airport studying the baggage handling equipment.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
On Feb. 6, UMass Amherst announced that it would no longer be accepting Iranian graduate students in STEM fields. It has since abandoned that policy.
Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.
One expects to see outlandish apparel at major global fashion events, but New York Fashion Week may have outdone itself, and set a new bar for Paris and Milan, when it put an Ebola jumpsuit in the spotlight.
Design News Webinar Series
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Feb 23 - 27, Baremetal C Programming for Embedded Systems
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service