HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Page 1/4  >  >>
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
That's a cool robot
Rob Spiegel   4/12/2013 10:59:59 AM
NO RATINGS
Nice video, Ann. Another great example of borrowing from nature. That approach seems to be everywhere these days. But I'll ask the same question my daughter asked when I showed her the video: what do thay use it for?

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: That's a cool robot
Ann R. Thryft   4/12/2013 11:48:44 AM
NO RATINGS
Festo does a lot of future-oriented expensive R&D, so right now the answer is probably they don't use it for anything. The R&D done under Festo's Bionic Learning Network, like practically all its other research, is done to develop new technologies for automation. There wasn't a lot of detail on applications for this robot, but the brochure at this link
http://www.festo.com/net/SupportPortal/Files/248133/Festo_BionicOpter_en.pdf
contains some rather vague language that implies they envision a future networked, decentralized factory where: "Individual workpieces will themselves determine what functions they need plants to provide. This digital refinement will give rise to increasingly intelligent products that can actively support the production process thanks to increased functionality – from energy autonomy through to condition monitoring – in the smallest of installation spaces."
In other words, way more robots/automated systems with much greater independent functioning.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: That's a cool robot
Charles Murray   4/12/2013 2:01:20 PM
NO RATINGS
Yes, Ann, Festo's Bionic Learning Network has done some amazing things, most notably the Festo SmartBird and the Festo AquaJelly. Both of those devices drew crowds at Pack Expo in Chicago last year.

apresher
User Rank
Blogger
Festo Dragonfly
apresher   4/12/2013 3:50:11 PM
NO RATINGS
Ann, Interesting report from Hannover Fair.  Enjoyed the video.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Festo Dragonfly
Charles Murray   4/12/2013 7:07:17 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree, Al. The video is awesome.

Greg Stirling
User Rank
Platinum
Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides
Greg Stirling   4/12/2013 8:40:15 PM
NO RATINGS
As a professional machine designer/builder in the world of automation, I have been familiar with Festo for years.  They are well known for their pneumatic components,  German engineering, and quality.  This is an impressive display of minaturization and servo control.  Festo could step into the stepper or servo motor/control market with this.  The obvious application for this is as a radio controlled toy.  Four channel helicopters with radio transmitter, battery, charger and airframe sell for $128 which are durable and have spare parts at reasonable prices.  If Festo could retail these for say under $250 ready to fly, I suspect they could sell like hotcakes...

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Re: That's a cool robot
Greg M. Jung   4/12/2013 10:55:09 PM
NO RATINGS
I also like the use of Nitinol to control the head and body.  Very clever and elegant use of this material.  Light weight, yet offers full functionality.

AnandY
User Rank
Gold
Re : Video: Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides
AnandY   4/14/2013 3:07:08 AM
NO RATINGS
@Ann, thanks for post. Kudos to Festo for creating this little robotic dragonfly. This just shows that there are many things we can learn from nature. Its not an easy task to mimic the energy-efficient principles already found in nature and Festo has done a pretty good job of implementing such solutions in its products. 

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: That's a cool robot
Elizabeth M   4/15/2013 4:54:04 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes, that is a super-cool robot. And the video is actually quite beautiful. I like when science and art combine to create something technologically innovative but also creative. It seems like robot design, as it gets more sophisticated, is moving away from utilitarian design to something that is more artful.

CLMcDade
User Rank
Gold
amaxing tech
CLMcDade   4/15/2013 10:12:44 AM
NO RATINGS
Ann,

This dragonfly is an amazing piece of technology, not only because of the very cool flying robot end-product but also because of the innovative melding of technologies and materials.

To address Rob's question, bluntly but not rudely, who cares what they are going to use it for?  Kudos to Festo for pursuing the projects they have undertaken - they are expanding the possibilities and our imaginations.  And if they have no end use in mind before development started, they deserve even more credit. 

Corporate America has become so focused on return on investment and the bottom line that it is holding money back from pure research for curiosity's sake.  Sometimes one should pursue curiosity, pursue the "what if..." just because the challenge is there.  There is rarely a lack of practical applications that can be imagined or developed after the fact.

I've watched the video 5 times and still wonder how does the thing actually fly?  And how did Festo figure out the wing movement to accomplish it? 

And in line with Elizabeth's comment, I have forwarded this link to a lot of my non-engineering, non-mechanical friends because they will appreciate it not for the engineering, but for its beauty, its unexpectedness and its artfulness.

Wonder - it's an amazing thing to inspire.

Page 1/4  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
A Frost & Sullivan study finds that increased cyber attacks are prompting a flurry of innovative protection tools.
Devices and interconnected systems are finding a foothold not only in our homes but in mainstream organizations. Here are three tips to mitigate the risk.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
More:Blogs|News
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
3/31/2015 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.
Mar 30 - Apr3, Getting Hands-On with Cypress’ PSoC
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