These robotic ants and butterflies act like the real things.
Well, it looks like Festo’s bionic dragonfly and kangaroo are getting two new siblings. That’s because the German company has introduced the latest addition to its growing family of animal-inspired robots: an ant and a butterfly.
First, the aptly named BionicANTS are designed to cooperatively operate. In other words, as a whole they can complete complex tasks, such as move larger objects, head to a specific location or conduct their own flash mob if they’d really like. Each 5.3-inch BionicANT is comprised of various components that are laser-sintered and finished with visible conductor structures and electrical circuits attached to its exterior.
A majority of the ant’s frame, as well as the electronic circuits located on the outside of its body, is 3D-printed. A radio…
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