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With the BionicCobot, Festo has now developed a pneumatic lightweight robot for the first time, which due to this flexibility can work together with humans directly and safely. In terms of its kinematics, the robot is based on the human arm. Like its biological role model, it solves many of its tasks with the help of sensitive movements. Due to its unique drive concept, which works according to the agonist-antagonist principle, the motion dynamics and rigidity can be variably adjusted. 
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With the BionicCobot, Festo has now developed a pneumatic lightweight robot for the first time, which due to this flexibility can work together with humans directly and safely. In terms of its kinematics, the robot is based on the human arm. Like its biological role model, it solves many of its tasks with the help of sensitive movements. Due to its unique drive concept, which works according to the agonist-antagonist principle, the motion dynamics and rigidity can be variably adjusted. 
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Sensitive and gentle or powerful and dynamic – in terms of its movements and functionality, the BionicMotionRobot is inspired by an elephant’s trunk and an octopus’s tentacles. The pneumatic lightweight robot features 12 degrees of freedom and, with its flexible bellows structure, can effortlessly implement the fluent motion sequences of its natural role models. The concept of the flexible kinematics is based on the Bionic Handling Assistant from 2010, which, due to the safe collaboration between man and machine, was given the German Future Award.
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Festo now presents a bionic gripper called the OctopusGripper, which is derived from an octopus tentacle. The gripper consists of a soft silicone structure, which can be pneumatically controlled. The OctopusGripper thus even fulfils the high requirements of soft robotics and can be used without hesitation for working immediately with humans.
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Superconductors are materials which below a certain temperature can "freeze" the field of a permanent magnet at a predefined distance and can thus hold it in suspension.
With its three current SupraMotion exhibits, Festo is further extending the spectrum of storage and movement possibilities shown to date and is showcasing three new possible applications.

•    SupraDrive: dynamic linear motion
•    SupraShaker: a suspended vibration system with tilting option
•    SupraLoop: a combination of various transport systems
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The future of pneumatics: After the invention of the valve manifold, a further breakthrough innovation in pneumatics is now awaiting you in the form of the Festo Motion Terminal.
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Superconductors are materials which below a certain temperature can "freeze" the field of a permanent magnet at a predefined distance and can thus hold it in suspension. With its three current SupraMotion exhibits, Festo is further extending the spectrum of storage and movement possibilities shown to date and is showcasing three new possible applications.
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Just like a caterpillar, the 3D Cocooner spins delicate lightweight structures freely in space. With the help of a high-speed handling system, the spinneret is precisely controlled and glues a glass fibre into the desired bionic lattice shape with UV-curing resin.
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With the ultra-light FreeMotionHandling indoor flying object, Festo has for the first time combined gripping and flying in a single future concept. The autonomous indoor flying object can manoeuvre freely in any direction, independently picking up and dropping off items where they are required.  

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What do ants and Industry 4.0 have in common? What challenges faced the engineers when it came to developing these delicate technology platforms? Take a look behind the scenes and dive into the world of the Bionic Learning Network and the development of the BionicANTs.
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Superconductors are materials which below a certain temperature can "freeze" the field of a permanent magnet at a predefined distance and can thus hold it in suspension. Festo, the first supplier of automation technology to investigate this potential, is demonstrating three possible applications: the storage and movement of an object on suspended rollers (SupraCarrier); a suspended rotating conveyor shaft (SupraHelix); and the active, controlled conveyance of a suspended magnetic object carrier from one superconductor automation module to the next (SupraCycle).
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The FlexShapeGripper can pick up, gather and set back down several objects with the widest range of shapes in one procedure – without the need for a manual conversion. This is made possible by its water-filled silicone cap, which wraps itself around the items being gripped in a flexible and form-fitting manner.
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With the eMotionButterflies, Festo now combines the ultralight construction of artificial insects with coordinated flying behaviour in a collective. In order to replicate their natural role model as closely as possible, the artificial butterflies feature highly integrated on-board electronics. They are able to activate the wings individually with precision and thereby implement the fast movements.
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For the BionicANTs, the Festo engineers have not only taken the delicate anatomy of the natural ant as a role model. For the first time, the cooperative behaviour of the creatures has also been transferred to the world of technology using complex control algorithms. 
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As the first provider of automation, Festo presented three research platforms at Hannover Messe 2013 on the topic of superconductivity: SupraLinearMotion, SupraHandling and SupraPicker. The three exhibits showed the movement of hovering objects without any contact in different ways – and hence the first possible applications of superconductor technology in the automation sector of tomorrow.
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The pneumatic conveyor belt can transport objects in a targeted manner and sort them at the same time. It consists of numerous bellows modules that deform the surface creating a wave motion that transports the objects in a targeted manner. With the WaveHandling system, Festo is already demonstrating how configuration of a system will be handled by the individual modules themselves in the future.
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The fascination of superconductors: The first research platforms at the 2013 Hanover Fair already illustrated how objects can be maintained in a state of levitation and be moved without contact, for example. Festo has now further developed these ideas with SupraHandling 2.0, SupraShuttle and SupraChanger – its three current exhibits based on SupraMotion 2.0. These exhibits demonstrate the linear and rotary motion of levitating objects in all directions and in all spatial positions. All three of these new applications make use of electric cooling units with cryostats (refrigerated containers).
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As the first provider of automation, Festo presented three research platforms at Hannover Messe 2013 on the topic of superconductivity: SupraLinearMotion, SupraHandling and SupraPicker. The three exhibits showed the movement of hovering objects without any contact in different ways – and hence the first possible applications of superconductor technology in the automation sector of tomorrow.
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SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds – one of the oldest dreams of humankind. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation.
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SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds – one of the oldest dreams of humankind. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation.
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SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds – one of the oldest dreams of humankind. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation
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Robotino® XT is a mobile learning robot, in combination with a compact version of the Bionic Handling Assistant. The mobile robot can not only manoeuvre in cramped spaces – it can move flexibly and can extend its adaptive gripper with high precision, too.
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Robotino® XT is a mobile learning robot, in combination with a compact version of the Bionic Handling Assistant. The mobile robot can not only manoeuvre in cramped spaces – it can move flexibly and can extend its adaptive gripper with high precision, too.
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What will the production world of the future look like? How will humans and machines communicate with each other? After all in the factory of the future humans will have to come to terms with an increasingly complex world of processes, machines and components. This will require new operating concepts for optimized human-machine-cooperation. 
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Just like its natural role model, the MultiChoiceGripper combines different grip types. Its fingers can therefore be switched over so that they can either grip in a parallel or centric direction – without requiring any conversion.
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The LearningGripper from Festo looks like an abstract form of the human hand. The four fingers of the gripper are driven by twelve pneumatic bellows actuators with low-level pressurisation. Thanks to the machine learning process, the gripper is able to teach itself to carry out complex actions such as the targeted gripping and positioning of an object.
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Enhance the strength and endurance of the human hand, extend humans’ scope of action and secure them an independent lifestyle even at an advanced age: The ExoHand from Festo is an exoskeleton that can be worn like a glove. The fingers can be actively moved and their strength amplified; the operator’s hand movements are registered and transmitted to the robotic hand in real time. 
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Enhance the strength and endurance of the human hand, extend humans’ scope of action and secure them an independent lifestyle even at an advanced age: The ExoHand from Festo is an exoskeleton that can be worn like a glove. The fingers can be actively moved and their strength amplified; the operator’s hand movements are registered and transmitted to the robotic hand in real time.
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With the eMotionSpheres, Festo shows how several flying objects can move in a coordinated manner and within a defined space. Whether individually or collectively – even in chaotic situations, there are no collisions as the spheres move out of each other’s way.
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With the DualWingGenerator, Festo has developed an extraordinary technology platform as part of the Bionic Learning Network. The new small wind power stations uses two pairs of opposing wings instead to generate power. The system’s principle consists of reversing the natural wing-beating principle: A stationary system like the DualWingGenerator, can take the kinetic energy from the flow of air.
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With CogniGame, Festo is demonstrating the next generation of operational concepts for human-machine interaction: controlling a system purely by the power of thought. CogniGame is a reinterpretation of a well-known video game that was launched on the market in the 1970s. By means of a brain-computer interface (BCI), one player uses only his power of thought to control the bat. On the other side is a second player, who uses his muscle power to operate a lever that moves his own bat.
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This horizontal tripod is rotated at 90 degrees from the conventional configuration and can be displaced by up to 90 degrees in any direction within a large working space. The resulting flexibility and pliability make it ideal for tasks involving human-machine interaction, such as sorting fruit and vegetables in agriculture, or as an ideal helper for all kinds of installation jobs.
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With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like its model in nature, this ultralight flying object can assume almost any position in space, fly in all directions, hover in mid-air and glide without beating its wings.
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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. The consistent lightweight construction facilitates the unique jumping behaviour. The system is controlled by gestures.
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Flexible movement and precise gripping: The Bionic Handling Assistant is a readily yielding gripping arm whose structure and overall operation are modelled on the elephant’s trunk that combines a wide diversity of technologies and components. The flexible structure renders direct human-machine contact hazard-free, what makes the Handling Assistant an all-rounder. 
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Flexible movement and precise gripping: The Bionic Handling Assistant is a readily yielding gripping arm whose structure and overall operation are modelled on the elephant’s trunk that combines a wide diversity of technologies and components. The flexible structure renders direct human-machine contact hazard-free, what makes the Handling Assistant an all-rounder. 
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Flexible movement and precise gripping: The Bionic Handling Assistant is a readily yielding gripping arm whose structure and overall operation are modelled on the elephant’s trunk that combines a wide diversity of technologies and components. The flexible structure renders direct human-machine contact hazard-free, what makes the Handling Assistant an all-rounder. 
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Like its natural archetype, the AquaPenguin from Festo has a hydrodynamic body contour. Its elegant wing propulsion and its head and tail sections, which can be moved in all directions, allow the robotic penguins to manoeuvre in cramped spatial conditions, to turn on the spot when necessary and – unlike their biological counterparts – even to swim backwards.
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The artificial jellyfish have an intelligent, adaptive mechanism and are equipped with an electric drive unit. Their integrated communication and sensor technology plus the real-time diagnostics enable a coordinated, collective behaviour even in a limited space. An app can be used to individually record and track the current condition of each AquaJelly.
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AquaRay is a remote-controlled fish driven by water hydraulics, the shape and movements of which have been based on the model of a manta ray. As the Aqua_ray can be manoeuvred extremely well, and can be operated both as a hydrostatic glider and with an active wing beat, substantial energy savings can be achieved.
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With the AirPenguins, the engineers from Festo have created artificial penguins and have taught them "autonomous flight in the sea of air". The penguins are at liberty to move within a space monitored by ultrasound transmission stations; a microcontroller gives them free will in order to explore it.
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AirJelly glides through a sea of air thanks to its central electric drive unit and an intelligent, adaptive mechanism. It is able to do so because it consists of a helium-filled ballonett. AirJelly is the first indoor flight object with peristaltic drive. This new drive concept, with propulsion based on the principle of recoil, moves the jellyfish gently through the air.
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AirRay, modelled on the manta ray, is a remote-controlled hybrid construction consisting of a helium-filled ballonet and a beating wing drive. Its lightweight design enables it to “swim” in the sea of air using the lift from the helium in a similar way to the manta ray in water.
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