Without a doubt, for me, one of the highlights of The Gadget Show Live this year was the appearance of Festo’s bird robot in the Super Theatre.
The Super Theatre houses the live stage show where The Gadget Show presenters entertain the audience for an hour. It’s also one of the best places to see “future tech” in the whole show.
Festo are a German company who work on automation. In particular they are known to the Gadget Show audience for their robots. This robotic bird is a marvel of engineering. It launches with someone throwing it and it lands by gliding down – and hoping someone is there to catch it. The flying, however, is purely mechanical and looks to be incredibly natural.
There’s a longer review of the Gadget Show Live 2012, with pictures, just before this blog post.