The SmartInversion flying object seemingly changes shape when propelling itself forwards with inversion kinetics
Festo's SmartInversion flying object is filled with helium and uses inversion kinetics to propel itself forwards
SmartInversion can be easily controlled via a remote interface
The design is based on the "invertable cube" by Paul Schatz
SmartInversion by Festo continuously turns itself inside out for propulsion
Festo, a German automation technology company that brought us, among other things, the smartbird robotic seagull and bionic flying penguins, has built a flying object unlike any we have seen. Despite the impressive biomimicry track record, this time its engineers decided to look for inspiration in the inanimate world of geometry. Based on a geometrical band first created by Swiss artist and inventor Paul Schatz, the SmartInversion is filled with helium and propels itself through the air by constantly turning itself inside out. By investigating this pulsating, rhythmical movement, called inversion, the company hopes to identify possible uses for it in technology.
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