Biomechatronic handling system based on elephants trunk

Bionic Handling Assistant

For this entirely new biomechatronic handling system, the experts at Festo were inspired by the elephant's trunk. Analysis of its structure and function, together with the use of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, have (r)evolutionised human-machine cooperation.

A significant advantage over heavy industrial robots is the fact that direct contact between humans and machines is now no longer hazardous. In the event of a collision the system yields immediately, without becoming unstable. Its design comprising three basic elements, the hand axis with ball joint and the adaptive FinGripper makes for smooth movement, with more degrees of freedom and an unparalleled mass/payload ratio, and enables efficient use of resources in production and operation.

Source: festo.comAdded: 5 November 2010