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Video: Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides
4/12/2013

Modeled after a dragonfly, Festo's latest sophisticated robot is the BionicOpter, which can independently move each of its wings to fly in any direction, as well as hover and glide.
  (Source: Festo)
Modeled after a dragonfly, Festo's latest sophisticated robot is the BionicOpter, which can independently move each of its wings to fly in any direction, as well as hover and glide.
(Source: Festo)

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tekochip
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tekochip   4/15/2013 10:34:53 AM
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Determining the aerodynamics, wing design, and wing motion must have been a tremendous feat. The first few test flights probably weren't very pretty.


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sensor pro   4/15/2013 10:58:00 AM
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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.

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William K.   4/15/2013 12:06:37 PM
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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.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/15/2013 12:33:34 PM
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Thanks, Al & Chuck, glad you liked it.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   4/15/2013 12:46:22 PM
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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.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/15/2013 12:48:46 PM
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Thanks, Greg. I, too, thought the use of SMAs was a nifty innovation.



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Rob Spiegel   4/15/2013 12:50:35 PM
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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.

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Greg Stirling   4/15/2013 2:50:10 PM
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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...

 

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Elizabeth M   4/15/2013 2:57:05 PM
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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.

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Greg Stirling   4/15/2013 3:26:49 PM
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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?

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