Festo wowed the crowd with a demonstration of this lifelike contraption, called the humanoid muscle-robot. The product of a joint venture between Festo AG and the Technical University of Berlin, the Humanoid possesses an almost human-like ability to grasp and position objects. That's thanks to the application of Festo's fluid muscle technology, consisting of a highly flexible, air-tight hose placed within a 3D lattice grid of high-strength fiber that permits a range of smooth, yet complex motions.
George Leopold's talk at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis helped restore astronaut and engineer Gus Grissom's role in the beginnings of NASA, and outlined how Grissom played a pivotal role in winning the Space Race.
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