This Bionic Kangaroo Is Perfect For an Australia-Themed Amusement Park

Yesterday, Festo unveiled a bird-inspired wind turbine, but today, the company has unveiled a new robotic creation that's a little more recognizable. The world may not have a huge need for a bionic kangaroo—outside of Australian-themed amusement parks—but emulating the marsupial could result in robots with remarkably… » 4/02/14 4:00pm 4/02/14 4:00pm

Hypnotic Flapping Wing Turbines Keep Working in the Gentlest Breeze

There have been many proposed alternatives to the spinning propeller blades used on wind turbines installed all over the county, but none as unorthodox as Festo's new DualWingGenerator. Inspired by the company's work on winged flying robots, the design keeps working when winds are as slow as nine miles per hour. » 4/01/14 4:20pm 4/01/14 4:20pm

Holy crap, these bionic arms look just like Doc Ock's

Designed by German engineering firm Festo, these claw-tipped, artificially intelligent arms were designed to mimic the utility and movement of an elephant's trunk – but the resemblance to Dock Ock's writhing limbs is just uncanny. » 3/15/14 9:00pm 3/15/14 9:00pm

Ocean Wave Movements Make For Much Better Conveyer Belts

You wouldn't think there's much room for improvement when it comes to a conveyor belt, or much demand for it. They just move things along, right?. Well Festo's new WaveHandling conveyor system can actually move objects in any direction, and even individually sort them allowing it to replace multiple components in an… » 4/05/13 5:40pm 4/05/13 5:40pm

This Gigantic Flying Jellyfish Isn't Nearly as Scary As It Sounds

The AirJelly, a massive floating jellyfish created by the German automation masters at FESTO, should be terrifying, but it's not. In fact, it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen take flight. » 3/16/11 9:40am 3/16/11 9:40am

Festo Scientists On Schedule For Doctor Octopus Transformation

The Festo researchers who built this prototype robotic arm claim that they were inspired by the form and function of an elephant's trunk. But anyone familiar with Spider-Man's nemesis, Dr. Otto Octavius, knows what they really had in mind. » 4/17/10 7:45pm 4/17/10 7:45pm

AquaJelly and AirJelly Robot Jellyfish At Home In the Water or the Sky

Festo, the same company that brought us the Air Ray robot last year, has developed yet another graceful robot inspired by a creature of the sea. In fact, they have developed two versions, both based on the common jellyfish: the AquaJelly and the AirJelly. According to Festo, the AquaJelly is "an artificial autonomous… » 4/23/08 6:30pm 4/23/08 6:30pm

Robot Arm Mimics Muscle, Bone Structure To Write Hello

Although this robotic arm probably won't make anybody cry, it is pretty darn amazing. The components, which look anime-like in its cords and pipes and metal structure, are designed to mimic your muscle and skeletal structure. It's good enough right now to actually write semi-legibly and lift a small weight up without… » 8/29/07 4:20pm 8/29/07 4:20pm

Air Ray, the Shiny Remote-Controlled, Wing-Flappin' Critter



Here's a helium balloon with a twist: The Air Ray is modeled after a manta ray but instead of lazily plying its way through the ocean, it floats gracefully through the air. The guys at Festo, a company that specializes in factory automation but seems to have a lot of spare time for fun projects, created a beating… » 8/28/07 8:45am 8/28/07 8:45am