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BionicSwifts: Festo’s Agile Robotic Birds

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Meet the BionicSwift: Festo’s robotic swallow that can fly loops and tight turns with agility. It can fly in an autonomous and coordinated fashion with 4 other artificial birds. The bird’s body has the servos, battery, brushless motor, and all the components necessary for the wing-flapping mechanism.

 

Radio-based indoor GPS with ultra wideband technology is used to allow for coordinated, safe flying of these robotic birds. Each bird has a radio marker for exact position detection. The above video shows the BionicSwift in action.

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