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

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Re : Video: Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides
Ann R. Thryft   4/15/2013 4:00:15 PM
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AnandY, you're welcome. I've seen photos and videos of hundreds of robots that were designed using biomimicry, and most of them are pretty clunky. Festo's machines don't even look or move like machines, if you ask me.

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Re: That's a cool robot
Ann R. Thryft   4/16/2013 11:58:53 AM
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Rob, from the comments Festo makes in that brochure, I think the application is quite clear in their minds and the minds of their customers: independent autonomous robots whizzing around the plant, making their own decisions and networked via wireless comms technology. But who knows what else this little guy could do?

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Ann R. Thryft   4/16/2013 12:00:16 PM
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Elizabeth. I completely agree about technology and art. I certainly hope that Festo's designs represent a trend, although it doesn't seem so at present.

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Elizabeth M   4/16/2013 12:08:49 PM
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Yes, you're probably right, but I did see a story about someone who created this whole art piece by using a robotic arm...I can't remember if I did a story on it or not. I'll dig up the link. Or maybe you covered it? It was quite cool!

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Ann R. Thryft   4/16/2013 12:14:54 PM
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Yep, that one was mine. Here's the link: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=254180

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Elizabeth M   4/16/2013 12:21:08 PM
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Cool, thanks! That was a good one. Perhaps we'll see more of this!

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Ann R. Thryft   4/16/2013 1:33:45 PM
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Clinton, thanks for your feedback, especially the point about the focus on ROI above all else. And I completely agree about the sense of wonder. That's one of my husband's favorite phrases: he uses it to describe what he likes about great science fiction, like Dune, or Star Trek when it was new, or Simmons' Endymion series.



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Elizabeth M   4/17/2013 11:24:43 AM
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It's funny, I just talked to Festo about a motor drive product and it occurred to me that it's quite impressive that such technical-minded people could also have come up with something as creative as the dragon-fly robot. There's definitely two sides of the brain at work here.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/17/2013 12:47:25 PM
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Elizabeth, that's what I like about the company and its robots: the combination of extremely high-0quality engineering and precision with elegance, even beauty, of design and execution.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/17/2013 12:48:58 PM
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Festo's robots are developed as, to begin with, proofs-of-concept/prototypes for industrial customers, not consumers. Given the quality of components, and the sophistication of design and engineering, even if this were ever for sale to consumers in quantities of 1, I'd guess the price range would be up there with the Transformer robot we covered
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=25601
which costs $20,000. Or maybe 10x that much. 

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