Elephants, jellyfish and robotic automation

Via Gizmag:

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. Here's a look back at the concepts created by the company in recent years along with the latest examples of how this approach is leading to improvements in industrial automation systems.

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