While it used to be common for a person to come across small dragonflies during the summer months, nowadays they're rarely ever seen. Festo has creatively come up with a way to provide insect enthusiasts with a way to appreciate these insects by creating a robotic flying object. The BionicOpter is able to engage in complex flight maneuvers, similar to that of a dragonfly. It's able to fly in all directions, hover in mid-aid and glide throughout the air.
The lightweight parts used to create the flying robot aids with the ease of movement. All four wings features an amplitude controller, which determines the direction of thrust and intensity.
With whimsical creatures such as the dragonfly slowly disappearing from this world, this technological substitute brings about a somewhat sad reminder about how technology is slowly chipping away the splendours of nature.
Photo Credits: designboom, festo
Whimsical Robotic Dragonflies
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