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.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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