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.