Wednesday, 22 Apr, 2009 Technology

Latest Invention: Robotic Penguins that Act Like Real


Experts from the engineering company called Festo, based in Germany, recently presented their latest invention in technology - robotic penguins. These robots use their flippers to paddle through water just like the real penguins.

Engineers also developed robotic penguins filled with helium that can fly in the air. You can see these latest inventions at the Hannover Messe Trade Exhibition.

It is worth mentioning that every robot features a 3D sonar created by EvoLogics in Berlin, Germany. The device is used to observe the surroundings and prevent collisions with walls or other robots.

Engineers introduced flexible glass fibre rods in their robotic penguins so their creations could twist and turn just as elegantly as the real animals.

According to Markus Fischer, who currently heads the company's corporate design team, the design of the bionic penguins has industrial applications. For example the company managed to adopt their latest invention to develop a flexible, trunk-like arm that features a gripper on the end. The arm can be used in various industrial applications, being able to twist up to 90 degrees in any direction, reports New Scientist.

Powered by

Add your comment:

antispam code