More interesting stuff from Festo - ExoHand, CogniGame, SmartInversion, NanoForceGripper
Contributed by | Festo
The shape of this flying object is based on the geometrical band devised by Paul Schatz: its middle section, in the form of an articulated ring of six members, detaches itself from a cube and constantly turns inside-out, taking on different geometrical shapes in the process.
With the geometrical band Schatz discovered that the principle of kinematics, which until then had been based on rotation and translation (linear motion), could be extended by a further mode: inversion. With SmartInversion, the engineers and designers are now investigating where and how geometrical inversion can be put to use in technology... (more)
The NanoForceGripper enables especially delicate objects with smooth surfaces, such as drinking glasses or display modules, to be gripped using practically no energy. This is accomplished by placing a film on the underneath of the gripper, which is based on the sole of a natural gecko. It adheres securely and permanently to the surface of the item being handled, without energy being required... (more)
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