It's a Bird! It's a Plane!It's ... a New Seagull-Like Robot Spy Drone!
Friday, March 25 2011 @ 07:38 PM EDT
Contributed by: karenbills
A new robotic flying drone , styled like a seagull, has arrived  on the scene. It doesn't squawk, poop or steal french fries from your hand, but it's an example of incredible bio-mimicking design that could be the future of airborne robots.
We've met a Festo robot before --a robotic manipulator/gripper arm with a design that's heavily inspired by elephant trunk muscles--and so we know about the company's penchant for using bio-inspired thinking in its robot engineering. Festo actually has a whole suite of innovations under its Bionic Learning Network umbrella, but the Smart Bird is the most eye-popping among them.
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