April 2, 2014 AT 12:48 pm

BionicKangaroo – energy-efficient jump kinematics based on a natural model #robotics

We’ve mentioned Festo’s nature-inspired robots before but this little guy is one of our new favorites.

With the BionicKangaroo, Festo has technologically reproduced the unique way a kangaroo moves. Like its natural model, it can recover the energy when jumping, store it and efficiently use it for the next jump.

Technical implementation of a unique form of movement

On the artificial kangaroo, Festo intelligently combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology to produce a highly dynamic system. The stable jump kinematics plus the precise control technology ensure stability when jumping and landing. The consistent lightweight construction facilitates the unique jumping behaviour. The system is controlled by gestures.

Mobile energy supply on board

Festo paid particular attention to the mobile energy supply on the artificial kangaroo. For this purpose, the team even developed two different concepts – one with an integrated compressor and one with a mobile high-pressure storage device.

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BionicKangaroo Festo Corporate


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