Robots inspired by nature

Nature has often been a source of inspiration in film and literature, but more recently, engineers have gotten into the natural trend, designing robots inspired by wildlife. This development demonstrates how our surrounding environment can influence human innovation and strengthens the interaction between humans and machines.

SmartBird

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Weighing 500 grams, this robot is a milestone in understanding the unique movement of bird flight. In 2011, engineers developed a powerful model of an artificial bird that is ultra-lightweight and able to take off, fly and land autonomously. The objective of this development was to achieve maximum and efficient use of resources and energy consumption for automation technology. Image: Festo

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