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Bio-inspired flying fox shows off its aerial agility (VIDEO)

April 17, 2018 12:35 AM
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German technology firm Festo creates a bio-inspired robotic bat that's able to mimic much of the real animal's airborne ability. ― Reuters picBERLIN, April 17 ― The bionic flying fox from German technology firm Festo mimics much of the real mammal's aerial ability.

Just like the real thing, an airtight membrane stretches from fingertips to feet.

A large motor flaps the wings, while smaller motors in the body adjust each wing separately, giving it greater airborne agility.

While it needs a human operator to take off and land, it's semi-autonomous in-flight.

Machine-learning algorithms decode data from external cameras and on-board sensors to accurately plan its flight path.

While not commercially available, it was built to demonstrate new engineering techniques.


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