BionicKangaroo – energy-efficient jump kinematics based on a natural model

With the BionicKangaroo, Festo has technologically reproduced the unique way a kangaroo moves. Like its natural model, it can recover the energy when jumping, store it and efficiently use it for the next jump.

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Technical implementation of a unique form of movement

On the artificial kangaroo, Festo intelligently combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology to produce a highly dynamic system. The stable jump kinematics plus the precise control technology ensure stability when jumping and landing. The consistent lightweight construction facilitates the unique jumping behaviour. The system is controlled by gestures.

 

Mobile energy supply on board

Festo paid particular attention to the mobile energy supply on the artificial kangaroo. For this purpose, the team even developed two different concepts – one with an integrated compressor and one with a mobile high-pressure storage device.

Highly complex overall system: clever combination of drives, control technology and the mobile energy supply

Highly complex overall system: clever combination of drives, control technology and the mobile energy supply

Natural role model: the kangaroo and its unique anatomy

Natural role model: the kangaroo and its unique anatomy

Bionic adaptation: the technical implementation in the BionicKangaroo

Bionic adaptation: the technical implementation in the BionicKangaroo

Simple operation: gesture control using armband

Simple operation: gesture control using armband

Optimal layout: function integration in the tightest space

Optimal layout: function integration in the tightest space

Dynamic take off: high jumping power thanks to pneumatic drives

Dynamic take off: high jumping power thanks to pneumatic drives

Efficient landing: storing energy for the next jump

Efficient landing: storing energy for the next jump