Meet Festo’s next nature-themed flying robot: the Bionic Flying Fox. It may be named after after a four-legged mammal, but the robot’s design clearly comes from bats.
Festo even gives the Batman films a nod and a wink with its interesting choice of music in the video below.
The flying robot bat in action
How it works
The Bionic Flying Fox has a lightweight frame, a custom membrane for the wings, and uses machine learning to fly. It uses a system of gears and motors to provide the flying power and steering.
Meanwhile, the wings use two airtight films and a knitted elastane fabric, stitched together at over 40,000 points. This makes the wings lightweight and durable.
This flying robot probably won’t ever be used commercially, but it’s a pretty good demonstration of the state of robotics today.
Think about it: with just a few simple materials, it’s possible to build a flying machine that can mimic a way of flying that took animals millions of years to evolve.
Interestingly, the Bionic Flying Fox might still need SpotMini‘s help to get back indoors when it’s low on batteries.