Festo BionicOpter may bring dragonfly drones to a sky near you

The flight of the dragonfly is unique in the animal kingdom. It’s complex four-wing mechanics give it significant advantages over traditional two-wing flyers. By moving two sets of wings independently of each other, the dragonfly is able to enjoy much more maneuverability and speed control. It’s no wonder so many robotics designers have tried to… Continue reading Festo BionicOpter may bring dragonfly drones to a sky near you

TED gives a first-hand glimpse of the Festo SmartBird in action

Man has possessed the power of technology-assisted flight for over a century now, but the way that birds are able to fly is something that has eluded us until now. We first covered the Festo SmarBird earlier this year. Now, TED and Festo team leader Markus Fischer give us the flight of the bird once… Continue reading TED gives a first-hand glimpse of the Festo SmartBird in action

Look at the Pretty Seagu… Wait. Wut?

Man has been able to achieve flight for over a century, but we have never truly mastered the art and science that propels birds and other flying animals through the skies. The team at Festo has brought us one step closer with the “SmartBird,” an ultralight flying robot that achieves and maintains flight on its… Continue reading Look at the Pretty Seagu… Wait. Wut?