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Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like its model in nature, this ultralight flying object can fly in all directions, hover in mid-air and glide without beating its wings.

In addition to control of the shared flapping frequency and twisting of the individual wings, each of the four wings also features an amplitude controller. The tilt of the wings determines the direction of thrust. Amplitude control allows the intensity of the thrust to be regulated. When combined, the remote-controlled dragonfly can assume almost any position in space.

This unique way of flying is made possible by the lightweight construction and the integration of functions: components such as sensors, actuators and mechanical components as well as open- and closed-loop control systems are installed in a very tight space and adapted to one another.

With the remote-controlled dragonfly, Festo demonstrates wireless real-time communication, a continuous exchange of information, as well as the ability to combine different sensor evaluations and identify complex events and critical states.


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6 Responses:

  1. James says:

    Very impressive! I would like to see a side-by-side efficiency comparison on tasks up to and including taco delivery with the HyTAQ.

  2. Dear Festo: when doing your CGI dragonfly, don't forget to add in the reflections in your polished floors.

  3. Buddy Casino says:

    Impressive indeed, considering that this is mostly for promotional purposes. They make their money with pretty conventional hydraulics stuff, or so I heard (they're based not far from where I live).

    Good to see that at least sometimes, we can build things that is as cool as the american stuff (Boston Dynamics, I'm looking at you).

  4. Nate says:

    Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dunn%2C_Invisible_Boy

    Never thought I'd see that story become a reality.