The Future of Industrial Robotics: Penguins

An AquaPenguin in action

An AquaPenguin in action

For engineers and scientists working in the field of biomimetics the natural world is a source of inspiration. New products are being developed incorporating technology created by mimicking shapes, structures and processes found in living creatures. The buildings, vehicles and products of the future will benefit from millions of years of evolution.

One of the animals contributing to this new technology is the penguin. Although awkward on land, the penguin is graceful in water and is an energy efficient swimmer. Using the penguin as a model, and adding technology found in several other animals, engineers at the Festo Bionic Learning Network have created an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Let me introduce you to the AquaPenguin.

Originally published at Xomba.com, the article now has a permanent home on this site.

The Future of Industrial Robotics: Penguins
In the field of Biomimetics, the humble penguin has become the inspiration for an autonomous underwater vehicle.

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