Fest created new biomimetic robots that resemble birds with feathers, named the BionicSwift. The new biomimetic robot features an articulating lamella that allows the wings to function similar to real birds, by creating push against the air. It also features an indoor positioning system. An ultra-wideband system is also used to allow many birds to fly close to each other while avoiding contact.
The company made a statement about the new robots, “The individual lamellae [i.e. feathers] are made of an ultralight, flexible but very robust foam and lie on top of each other like shingles. Connected to a carbon quill, they are attached to the actual hand and arm wings as in the natural model."
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