eMotionButterflies are ultra-light robots that flutter on uncanny flapping wings and incorporate a system of ten infrared cameras into a guided and monitored “intelligent networking system” that allows them to behave like a real-life flock.
“The eMotionButterflies impress with an intelligently employed mechanical system and the smallest possible power units in the tightest space,” Festo writes on their site. “The reduced use of materials enables the true-to-nature flying behaviour.”
The bionic bugs aren’t the only animal-inspired robots Festo is launching, either. Yesterday’s unveiling also included a pack of highly-organized robotic ants, BionicANTs, and the FlexShapeGripper, an articulating gripping arm modeled after the chameleon’s tongue. Considering last year’s launch of the herring gull-mimicking SmartBird and the leaping BionicKangaroo, it’s safe to say that a robot zoo is coming to life at the Festo headquarters.