bionic penguin as diving robot


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penguin1 penguin2‘Nature demonstrates how maximum performance can be achieved with minimum energy consumption,’ a Festo spokesman said.

“The life-size bionic birds are hydrodynamic and can turn like real penguins because of the flexible glass fibre rods that control their heads.

Technical application:

submarine, airship

Bionic application:

 

Further description:

The creatures are propelled by elegant wings that also enable them to manoeuvre in small spaces. Each wing is formed from a spring steel skeleton covered with elastic silicon. This allows the flippers to twist at an ‘optimal angle’ for each stroke.

And unlike their real-life counterparts they can even swim backwards.

Each robot also carries 3D sonar, a concept borrowed from dolphins, that helps them to orientate themselves and communicate with each other to prevent collisions.”

Physical effects applied:

 

Video:

Contact:

 

Sources:

http://deepseanews.com/2009/04/bionic-penguins-will-wipe-the-penguin-race/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1175353/Bionic-penguins-learn-swim-backwards-flight.html?ITO=1490

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