ANIMAL ROBOTS: Marine Machines Made in Nature's Image

ANIMAL ROBOTS: Marine Machines Made in Nature's Image
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AquaPenguins (pictured) can navigate through a tank without human help and--unlike real penguins--swim in reverse.

Built by Festo, a German engineering company that mostly sells pneumatic equipment to the automotive industry, the AquaPenguin was designed to test new technologies. The robots have inspired Festo's BionicTripod and FinGripper, used to manipulate items--even fragile ones--on an assembly line.
— Photograph courtesy Festo AG
 
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