Flying penguins are awesome

Festo, people who brought us the Manta Ray blimp are back with giant flying penguins. Actually, there’s lots of cool stuff in this video. The flying penguins are nice, but the swimming versions are amazingly believable. They need to sell these as pool toys. There’s also an interactive wall sculpture and a dangling grabby hand that apparently solves the age old riddle; “How many weird dangly grabby things does it take to randomly place several light bulbs in different sockets?”. The answer is, one.  Just like last time, they’re sharing some details in PDF form for both the air penguins and the aqua penguins.


  1. Taylor Alexander says:

    Ahh!!!!!!! He said “orientate”!

    Why do people say that! “Orient” already means what people use “orientate” for. Why!! Why do people do that!!!!!!!!!

  2. george graves says:

    You watched that whole video and that is all you can think of to say? OCD much?

  3. pascal says:

    I wonder if the “fin-ray” 3d printer really could be cheaper than reprap etc. Since it would need 3 instead of just 2 servos to place the printhead…
    (on the other hand: it could be faster, easier to build, maybe more precision…)
    Also, going for small scale, on could probably just use strong RC servos, hmmmm. Somebody give me a budget :)

    also, these cubes already exist, I just recently lost a bookmark, where some US university build snakes from cubes like these (I think). Also some japanese (iirc) made cubes that could detach and rearrange on their own: a humanoid robot could split along the waist into two autonomous bipeds.
    But it would be the perfect gift for geeks, retail those cubes at low prices, maybe 10-30$/piece, depending on what’s inside (from a full controller, to just a servo on a bus)…

  4. Colin Barnes says:

    I would love to see a more diy version of their “fin ray effect” control system. (i.e. using basic rods to get such dexterous control)

    It kind of reminds me of one of those chords you attach to a camera to snap the shutter.

  5. will d. says:

    those flying penguins are so damn awesome. i love how organic they seem in form and motion.

  6. amk says:

    i briefly mistook the swimming penguins for the real thing. very impressive. the air penguins are epic.

    it looks like this “bionic fin ray” effect can be easily reproduced using pneumatic muscles. i’m definitely going to give this a try.

  7. rasz says:

    why go pneumatic when you can just use 2 rolls and a servo?

    I saw Festo vid linked from dig yesterday and almost orgasmed. What a great place to work, so many cool toys and creative people.
    They use simple principles to make complex things. Just look at their car Gaming Chair

    so simple and silent, just six pressure hoses

  8. overclockedmind says:

    You gave them free will? GAAAAAAAAH!

    I, for one, welcome our new flying penguin overlords.

  9. dubno says:

    this video keeps weaving between possible and illogical. looks cool, but could easily be seen as good CGI.

  10. Hugo Drax says:

    Shades of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. Marvin would be appalled.

  11. Alphathon says:

    “Why do people say that! “Orient” already means what people use “orientate” for. Why!! Why do people do that!!!!!!!!!

    He said orientate because he’s british. It is commonly used un british english, while orient is used un american english. You’ll almost never hear any british person say orient. Also, if you’re goig to critisise the words someone is using, at the very least punctuate properly. Using multiple exclaimation marks is incorrect and a little juvenile, especially when the sentence should end in a question mark. Every single sentence you ended in an exclaimation mark, but every one was a question. Also, “Why” on it’s own does not constitute a sentence.

    It should be noted that I am only picking at your grammar in responce to your comment, and wouldn’t normally do so.

    Anyway, flying penguin zeppelins are awesome. :)

  12. mogul says:

    what a fantastic video! it warms my heart

  13. Hunnter says:

    I want a flying penguin… ;_;

    But seriously, this company festo are fantastic, really sweet engineering over there.
    That 3D printer looks great.
    It could be moved around pretty easily as well, compared to the big bulky ones we currently have.
    And no base liquid needed, no lasers either.

  14. xyr says:

    Air ray is so Miyazaki.

  15. spindizy says:

    miyazaki, ive said that before “Yes, can you please get miyazaki? I’ve only had 2 and I love sake!” Sorry, monday and all, couldn’t resist.

  16. skippy says:

    Tout simplement magnifique!!!!!

  17. aries says:

    Okay, guys… a 1:22?
    Doesn’t it look a little CGI’d?
    Same with the walls?
    Does anybody else get a weird feeling? Is it just me? Or am I pointing out the obvious?

  18. icyfyer says:

    your spelling is terrible. if you’re going to correct someone, learn how to spell. you’re british? oh, then you definitely don’t know how to spell. get with the American program.

    i don’t know if the rest of you are being sarcastic, but it isn’t difficult to see that those “air penguins” are fully CG. i don’t know about the wall, but how the hell do you make a shiny metal penguin fly without suspension? helium? hydrogen? i don’t buy it.

    lastly, this looks AND sounds exactly like one of those ads from DOOM3 (the game, not the movie).

  19. Choscura says:

    maybe we should hook these guys up with Ugobe (the guys who make the Pleo) and get them to make swimming dinosaur toys?

  20. this video keeps weaving between possible and illogical. looks cool, but could easily be seen as good CGI.

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