You may think it's a cliché, but deep down inside robots want to be birds and fly high in the sky. Hooray for the good people of Festo, that demonstrate at TED how they turn the dream into a reality.
When I read the headline I immediately thought that Androids dream of electric sheep instead of flying. I have known Festo for a long time (as a mechanical engineer) and they are market leader in the pneumatic / hydraulics field. It's a very unlikely project for them but find it fantastic how they pulled it off. With a 2 meter wingspan and a weight of less than 500 grams! Wow! I want one!
Does your work seek to understand how technology becomes so omnipresent, complex, intimate and autonomous – a nature of its own? You are the Next Generation, and we are looking for you!
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