They have done it again, Festo thinking out of the box.

Both gripping and flying have long been a topic for the Bionic Learning Network. In the FreeMotionHandling, Festo has for the first time combined both areas. The indoor flying object can manoeuvre autonomously in any direction, independently picking up and dropping off items where they are required.

Autonomous flying gripping sphere

Both gripping and flying have long been a topic for the Bionic Learning Network. In the FreeMotionHandling, Festo has for the first time combined both areas. The indoor flying object can manoeuvre autonomously in any direction, independently picking up and dropping off items where they are required.

Flying assistance system for handling in mid-air

The handling system consists of an ultra-light carbon ring with eight adaptive propellers. In the middle of the ring sits a rotatable helium ball with an integrated gripping element. As a result, both man and machine can interact with each other easily and safely, opening up entirely new possibilities for the workplace of the future. In this future, people could be supported by the spheres, using them as a flying assistance system – for example, when working at giddying heights or in hard-to-access areas

Exact position sensing and precise object detection

No pilot is required to control the flying object. The sphere is coordinated externally by an indoor GPS, which has already been tried and tested on the eMotionSpheres and eMotionButterflies. In addition, the handling unit features two on-board cameras with which it monitors its surroundings, reacting to its environment even during the gripping process. Upon nearing the object to be gripped, the system takes over route planning, using the twin cameras for coordination.

 https://www.festo.com/group/en/cms/11957.htm

taken from

http://www.suasnews.com/2016/04/festo-freemotionhandling/

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Comment by benbojangles on April 12, 2016 at 5:07am

Kill it before it lays eggs!

Comment by Fnoop on April 12, 2016 at 5:26am

Is it alive?  An alien?  What the frack is going on at 1:22?  It's awesome, but not sure quite why!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on April 12, 2016 at 5:28am

Looks like a really neat way to deliver drinks very slowly in indoor spaces. :)

Comment by Dale Greer on April 12, 2016 at 10:55am

"I am not a number!"

Comment by benbojangles on April 12, 2016 at 3:47pm

showing your age there Dale.

Comment by Ben on April 13, 2016 at 9:14am

Should be a contest for the most complex solution for a given problem. Anyway it's fun to see the thing absorb the bottle through its bottom and deliver it to a customer. Who can even imagine such an idea, I hope I'll never be served this way in a restaurant, but these times the reality surpass the fiction.


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Comment by Randy on April 13, 2016 at 8:16pm

The way it picks up and drops off the bottle is almost rude.  Not sure I'd be comfortable drinking from the bottle after it's been delivered.


MR60
Comment by Hugues on April 13, 2016 at 11:23pm

Nice idea, when someone gets too drunk in a party, he'll get sucked up in the ball after he was delivered a few bottles. 100% recycling.

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