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Bionic Elephant's Trunk, Manta Rays and Jelly Fish

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the gadgets-that-can-terrify-children-and-adults dept.

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Zothecula writes "Festo, the automation company that designed the bionic penguin and its robotic stablemates – AirRay, AquaRay, AirJelly and AquaJelly – has found another natural model in its latest application of biomimicry – the elephant's trunk. Festo's Bionic Learning Network research program focuses on mechatronic and bionic concepts using nature as a model. 'The AquaJelly is possibly the most interesting of all the bionic creatures as it has been designed to autonomously emulate swarming behavior of wild jellyfish. Like the others, it consists of an electric drive unit and intelligent adaptive mechanism, but with a control board housed by a translucent dome, a water-tight body and eight tentacles. The control board has pressure, light and radio sensors that work with eight blue and eight white LEDs allowing communication between the AquaJellies.'"

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I wonder ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34308992)

if a Dr. Octavius is behind the creation of this ....

Anyone else... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34308998)

Anyone else reminded of Spiderman 2 by that first image they show?

Re:Anyone else... (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 3 years ago | (#34310438)

Yeah but the video reminds me more of sandworms or other alien critters like that.

Air Travellers Could Use Biomimicry For Defense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34309060)

against the TSA gangsters [youtube.com] .

Yours In Anchorage,
K. Trout

Electric? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34309070)

I want my electric aquarium, all the fish driven by the lights and I want it now.

Air___ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34309144)

With names like that they'll libel to get sued by Apple.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34309176)

Not a single worthwhile post in this thread yet, including this one.

Re:Anonymous Coward (1, Offtopic)

fifedrum (611338) | more than 3 years ago | (#34310174)

an elephant's penis is prehensile

now you know.

Re:Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34311402)

What a dick!

Re:Anonymous Coward (1)

fifedrum (611338) | more than 3 years ago | (#34317502)

that's not off topic, silly mod, the story is about a mechanical/pneumatic arm that's like an elephant's trunk, and it's also like an elephant's penis.

sheesh.

!bionic (2)

geekmansworld (950281) | more than 3 years ago | (#34309324)

Sorry to be the stickler, but someone needs to look at their dictionary. "Bionic" (a portmanteau of "bio" and "electronic") is a pretty much a synonym for cybernetic. This story is about biomimicry, not bionics.

Carry on. :-)

Re:!bionic (1)

geekmansworld (950281) | more than 3 years ago | (#34309352)

... and before stickler #2 gets to me, allow me to correct myself: "cybernetic organism", not "cybernetic".

Re:!bionic (4, Informative)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34309738)

Actually, the word comes from bio- and -ic, which means "like" or "akin to." Bionic is really just a synonym for mimicry, although its usage in medicine is not necessarily the same.

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bionic [wiktionary.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionics [wikipedia.org]

Re:!bionic (1)

geekmansworld (950281) | more than 3 years ago | (#34311574)

Sorry crowdsource, but I am more inclined to trust the American Oxford Dictionary than the Wikipedia entry.

"bionic |biänik|
adjective
having artificial body parts, esp. electromechanical ones."

The trunk (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 3 years ago | (#34309538)

The image of the trunk makes me think of Doctor Octopus more than an elephant.

Re:The trunk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34316142)

The image of the trunk makes me think of Doctor Octopus more than an elephant.

Such a nice, polite young man. Peter, you shouldn't be mean to him just because he has a disability.

Weaponize them and build an army (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34309548)

What could possibly go wrong?
I, for one, welcome our new bionic penguin-ray-jellyfish-elephant-translucent-tentacled overlords.

Re:Weaponize them and build an army (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34309716)

I, for one, welcome our new bionic penguin-ray-jellyfish-elephant-translucent-tentacled overlords.

So does the millions of tentacle pr0n fans.

Pictures? (1)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34309760)

Is anyone else finding it really hard to judge these things without realistic images? Most of these are heavily posed with a hand/arm model, which makes them hard to take at face value.

Re:Pictures? (3, Informative)

Golden_Rider (137548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34309934)

here you go, movie:

http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/11082_11090.htm [festo.com]

Re:Pictures? (1)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34310072)

Nice - they really focus on the handling assistant, but at about one-third to one-half of the way through, Holy Floating Balloons Batman! That Air Jelly is gorgeous.

Re:Pictures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34314254)

It showed a tentacle undulating near a pretty girl.

It needn't be a little penguin (3, Funny)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#34310078)

It can be the biggest penguin you've ever seen! An electric penguin, twenty feet high, with long green tentacles that sting people!

.

Re:It needn't be a little penguin (1)

cynyr (703126) | more than 3 years ago | (#34350104)

but what do electric penguins dream of?

Dreaming Androids want to know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34310638)

Any electric sheep?

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