Bionic air penguins

This little YouTube movie looks to me like it belongs in the exposition part of a science fiction movie. For some reason, it made me think of the Mr. DNA video in Jurassic Park.

The images are so surreal and the voiceover is so oleaginous that it seems like fiction. But no, it’s not fiction. It’s just German. Festo is a real company, and they’re doing some amazing stuff. Those bionic air penguins (just after a minute into the movie) are the real deal. Who, after seeing this video, can honestly say they don’t want to own a bionic air penguin? Team them up with a few Big Dogs and you’re starting to get a good approximation of video games in real life.

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  1. Helium balloons! Brilliant! After reading your “air penguins” tagline, I started watching the video of the underwater robots, and thought, “those things couldn’t fly!” But then they did! If Festo were in Japan, they’d have already built one Hindenberg sized and released it over Tokyo! Maybe Festo will have the prototype working by the next Superbowl.

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