Hi Ann - another inspired project and another inspiring article.
Biomimicry really has taken amazing strides recently. At some point, the developers will have to remember that almost all creatures have natural nemeses. So making a really large natural looking jellyfish robot may shorten its useful life because it may look a like a nice meal to a passing sea turtle.
Or in the case of the dragonfly robot, a passing bird.
This again is another example of a more "beautiful" robot...though a bit scary, too! Not sure I'd want to encounter a human-sized mechanical jellyfish in the sea (where I spend a lot of my time). But in all seriousness, this is really cool...and its aim is a good one as well.
I agree, Ann. It's more realitic than the Festo jellyfish, and a whole lot bigger. Watching the video, you'd think this giant jellyfish was real if you couldn't see the control mechanisms on the bottom side.
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