Festo has been working intensively on the topic of bionics since the early 90s. In 2006, the Bionic Learning Network was launched and started with the following projects:
Pneumatically driven fish
Fast, agile and almost silent: fluidic muscles provide efficient propulsion and smooth steering movements of the tail.
Bionics meets space technology
The flow-optimised structure is derived from a penguin’s body, while the ion beam and plasma drive was originally developed for use in space.
Understanding technology – learning with robots
Numerous sensors, a camera and a powerful drive system give the learning system the necessary intelligence to move autonomously.