Every year, engineers from Festo's Bionic Learning Network take a new batch of bio-inspired robots to the Hannover Messe trade fair. Previous highlights have included robotic ants capable of working together, a monster dragonfly that can move in all directions and helium-filled flying penguins. This year, the German automation company is showcasing a tentacle-packing pick and Pack gripper and two lightweight robots designed for fluid movement.
- Soft robotic caterpillar uses light to get a wriggle on
- Compact drone uses beetle-inspired wings to snap open and take to the skies
- Slithering serpentine robot snakes its way to seabed inspections
- Bullet-fast shrimp club could lead to better body armor, airplanes and more
- Roach-inspired robots buddy up to climb stairs
- 3D-printed robotic tentacle reaches new level of squirminess