Coolest Flying and Gripping Machine from Festo

With the ultra-light FreeMotionHandling indoor flying object, Festo has for the first time combined gripping and flying in a single future concept. The autonomous indoor flying object can manoeuvre freely in any direction, independently picking up and dropping off items where they are required.

With the ultra-light FreeMotionHandling indoor flying object, Festo has for the first time combined gripping and flying in a single future concept. The autonomous indoor flying object can manoeuvre freely in any direction, independently picking up and dropping off items where they are required.

FreeMotionHandling: 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.

    • FreeMotionHandling

      Conceivable utilisation scenario: supporting in ergonomically straightforward tasks

    • FreeMotionHandling

      Unique flying object: flying assistance system with unlimited freedom

    • FreeMotionHandling

      Freely orientable gripping sphere: collection, transport and delivery in a wide range of locations

    • FreeMotionHandling

      Intelligent monitoring: indoor GPS for the precise pinpointing of the sphere

    • FreeMotionHandling

      Smart object detection: on-board cameras for the identification of goods for gripping and surroundings

    • FreeMotionHandling

      Conceivable utilisation scenario: supporting in ergonomically straightforward tasks

    • FreeMotionHandling

      Unique flying object: flying assistance system with unlimited freedom

       

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Highly integrated individual systems to solve a common task

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Latest production methods and technologies

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Well-conceived name: ‘ANT’ stands both for the natural role model and for Autonomous Networking Technologies

Well-conceived name: ‘ANT’ stands both for the natural role model and for Autonomous Networking Technologies

Ideal platform: research basis for testing new technologies

Ideal platform: research basis for testing new technologies

Highly integrated components: design and electrical functions in one

Highly integrated components: design and electrical functions in one

Precise control: piezo-ceramic bending transducers in the legs’ actuators

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