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Festo creates a robot kangaroo, names it BionicKangaroo

•, Travis Andrews
 Keeping with the theme of products modeled after animals, the company headed to Australia to replicate its famed animal, the kangaroo. Festo then did what any sensible company would and created a robot kangaroo. I mean, why not? Coming on the heels of DualPowerGenerator, it’s called the BionicKangaroo and proves once and for all in the debate no one knew we were having that German engineers hate the spacebar.

So why the kangaroo? Well, for starters, the animal disperses its energy differently than most animals. In a rowing crew, rowers take a stroke then rest as they slide back, positioning themselves for the next stroke. Kangaroos act much the same way, recovering energy while in the air, preparing for the next jump. When you begin to discuss robotics, energy preservation is a key factor in feasibility and ability. Finding any way to preserve it or more efficiently expend it is paramount.

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