Ant-Robots at Work
The German company Festo uses biomimicry to design automated systems.
BionicANTs, ant-robots, are made with 3D printers from high tech materials and are equipped with sensors that allow engineers to follow their every movement. They communicate with one another by radio waves. Through algorithms, they are able to accomplish tasks by replicating the cooperative behaviour of real ants, such as sharing the work of carrying a heavy load.
Festo's specialty is technological solutions inspired by nature. The company has also created robotic butterflies that can fly together in a room without colliding, and a robotic gripper inspired by the chameleon's tongue.
Also, on Sunday, June 10, build your own insect-machine and learn about the biological strategies of moving on six legs (Booth 25, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm).