Festo's latest creation is sure to creep out arachnophobes, but the Festo BionicWheelBot does warrant attention for its innovations in robotic movement. Festo has already made an impression as a robotics company that seems less focused on supplanting humanity and instead looks to nature. Previous robots by the company have included flying butterflies and hopping kangaroos, but the Festo BionicWheelBot is something completely different.
Inspired by the real-life flic-flac spider, the BionicWheelBot hobbles around on eight legs, but also has the ability to roll into a ball. This change in movement increases the speed of the robot on flat surfaces, while the walking feature is ideal for rough terrains. This ability to change movement is definitely the main selling point behind the Festo Bionic WheelBot as it shows the capabilities of nature to affect robotics, and demonstrates an incredibly mobile automaton.
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