Festo Introduces New Robotic Ants and Butterflies

March 29, 2015 6:28 AM

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BionicANTs not only borrow the physical characteristics of ants but also many of the behavioral features of these highly social insects. The devices are slightly over 5 inches in length and each of them weighs just over 1 ounce. 3D printer has been used to create the artificial ants, with both basic structure and electrical connections formed in a single pass. Each of the ants is equipped with a small video camera which provides “sight” to the robotic ants. The robotic insects place their antennae against a charging station for recharging their internal batteries.

For driving bending actuators in the devices, piezo technology has been used. It provides joints within the limbs and helps the device to propel itself along surfaces. Little electricity is used by the devices. Autonomous Networking Technologies (ANTs) are capable of carrying out collective activiti...

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