Festo makes bionic kangaroo
The BionicKangaroo from Festo is an energy-efficient jump kinematics based on the real-deal natural model.
March 27, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff
We’re not sure which is faster, Steve Austin the six-million dollar bionic man or the BionicKangaroo, but when it comes to the leaps and strides made by such technologically savvy companies like Festo, reality trumps fantasy any day.
Designed and built by Festo, the BionicKangaroo 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.
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 behavior. The system is controlled by gestures.
Festo paid particular attention to the mobile energy supply on the BionicKangaroo. For this purpose, the team even developed two different concepts—one with an integrated compressor and one with a mobile high-pressure storage device.
If you’d like to see the Festo artificial kangaroo in action, click HERE.