A bird type robot ``Bionic Swift'' that flares in a transcendental appearance has appeared, and there is also a movie that you can check the state of actually flapping

Festo, a leading manufacturer of pneumatic equipment based in Germany, has announced the BionicSwift, a bird robot capable of autonomous flight. It looks like it's flying like a real bird, and it looks like a bird when viewed from a distance.

BionicSwift | Festo Corporate


Festo has designed the bird-like robot 'BionicSwift' based on the biological characteristics of birds and ultra-light structure. Festo explains, 'The lighter the weight of a robot, the less material and energy it consumes,' explains why it has an ultralight construction. The BionicSwift is 44.5 cm long, has a wingspan of 68 cm and weighs only 42 g.

Festo has also released a movie containing the appearance of Bionic Swift actually flying. In the movie, you can also see Bionic Swift flapping like a real bird, stopping moving its wings and gliding.

Festo – BionicSwift-YouTube

This is Bionic Swift. A very simple design consisting of two wings and a tail feather on a pure white body.

The wings and tail are movable up and down. Festo said of the BionicSwift wing, 'The wing is modeled on a bird's wing in order to perform the flight control of the BionicSwift as faithfully as possible. The individual plates that make up the wing are super-light and flexible but very They are very sturdy and they overlap each other.'

The multiple plates that make up the wings look like this. When BionicSwift reproduces the flapping motion, each plate causes air to flow from the wing as follows when the wing moves upward, ``a mechanism that can suppress the force required when the bird moves the wing'' Is reproduced. On the other hand, the plate closes when moving the wing downward, so it consumes a lot of power but can generate a large lift.

It looks like this when you hold it in your hand.

Bionic Swift flapping in the hands of men.

BionicSwift is equipped with wing mechanism, communication system, components for controlling flapping, brushless motor, two servo motors, battery, gear box, circuit board, etc.

Stop moving the wings and glide...

It looks like a fallen leaf and the direction of its movement changes, and it looks like a real bird.

By using a wireless module that supports

ultra-wideband wireless communication (UWB), it is possible to fly in formation with multiple Bionic Swifts. In order to realize formation flight, it is necessary to install multiple wireless modules as anchors in the space where Bionic Swift will fly. By doing so, BionicSwift will receive the signal transmitted by the wireless module, it will be possible to accurately grasp 'where in the room you are flying', and you will be able to fly with multiple aircraft. In addition, it is the master computer that collectively controls the information collected by BionicSwift that actually controls the flight, and if you use the master computer you can also program the flight path of BionicSwift.

In addition, BionicSwift can autonomously fly back to a predetermined route even if it deviates from the predetermined flight route due to the influence of external environment such as wind and heat. Festo argues that because everything is done wirelessly, BionicSwift can find its exact location even where it can't physically contact it, ensuring safe and trouble-free flight.

Festo says that it will be able to realize more advanced 3D navigation systems in future networked factories by using autonomous flying robots such as Bionic Swift and routing technology using wireless communication. In addition, examples of actual use include 'a system that accurately identifies the flow of materials and goods' and 'optimizing the flight path by transporting materials using an autonomous flight robot'.

in Hardware,   Creature,   Video, Posted by logu_ii