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Engineering company Festo is creating robots based on nature

German engineering firm Festo is creating a robot army. Sounds scary, right? But there’s no need to fear a “Skynet”-type apocalypse quite yet, because these robots want to do good by making laborious tasks easier in the factories of the future. And they’re using nature as their inspiration.

Festo summarizes the motivation behind their research on their website: “Gripping, moving, controlling and measuring – nature performs all of these tasks instinctively, easily and efficiently. What could be more logical than to examine these natural phenomena and learn from them?”

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Well we’re all going to die.

I, for one, welcome our new terrifying mechanical bovine overlords.

Mooo.

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Time to take fishie out for a little drive.

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Need to make one that seeks and destroys mosquitoes instead of balloons. Nevertheless, awesome.

Need to make one that seeks and destroys mosquitoes instead of balloons. Nevertheless, awesome.

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Those innocent looking little dots on the ceiling of our hallway at work are actually quite interesting. My colleagues use them for the navigation of the mobile robotics platform, for which they need a way to establish the location of the robot in indoors environment. They use the Hagisonic Stargazer system, which computes the position of the robot based on an infrared image of fixed and known landmarks (the dots).