An Impressive Semi-Autonomous Flying Fox Inspired Robot

April 16, 2018

This is the BionicFlyingFox robot developed by Festo (previously: their other robotic animals). In case you couldn't tell by the name, it was inspired by the flight of flying foxes (aka fruit bats -- the largest bats in the world). It can fly semi-autonomously by constantly communicating with a stationary motion-tracking system to make sure it doesn't fly into walls. I've probably already told you this before, but I actually caught a bat in a pillowcase once. It got trapped in my parents' screened porch and couldn't find its way out. I was a real hero that day. Every other day? "An absolute zero." And that's being generous.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Dunc, who dreams of flying. Me? I only dream of falling plus all my teeth getting loose and falling out.

  • shashi

    you are not the hero we deserve GW although i do need a hero to help move a 150 lbs "bat" i "caught" in a sleeping bag

  • Jenness

    they need to build me wings so I can fly, screw those noisy jetpacks and quadracopters

  • MustacheHam

    Do you have plans to become a vigilante of the night once you obtain such wings?

  • Jenness

    If I told you, I'd have to kill you.

  • Redeemer

    I remember reading or hearing something about how the human muscle system isn't strong enough to achieve flight by flapping wings. And even if we were, we'd still need wings around 20 ft long, which would look preposterous. Why do something if you're not going to look cool doing it?

  • Jenness

    I wouldn't be flapping, it would flap for me and I'd be FLYING!! I am pretty sure that it would look cool from my viewpoint which is all that matters - what I think and not the rabble on the ground looking up at my magnificence.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Seems like they could have easily shaved off some weight by just not putting the head on there.

    Form over function, I guess.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Maybe they did that for balance?

  • Draco Basileus

    Personally, I would make the head into a fist, label it "Fisto", and then just fly it into peoples' faces.

  • Fartbutt

    Or anuses

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