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Bird-Like Robot Flies at Chinese Robot Exhibition

Bird-Like Robot Flies at Chinese Robot Exhibition

Thursday, 29 August, 2019 - 05:30
Billboard illustrating humanoid robots at 2018 China International Robot Show in Shanghai. Reuters
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During an international robot conference in China, many tech companies have showcased their newest creations including a bird-like robot that can actually fly.

The robotic flying bird, inspired by a herring gull and created by German automation firm Festo, is able to take off, fly and land using its own power. It also uses GPS navigation and a remote camera to achieve semi-autonomous flight.

The lightweight robot is made of material weighing around 400 grams. Another eye-catching exhibit was a service robot with two legs capable of both walking and wheeling, reported Reuters.

Chief Marketing Officer Zhao Botao said they named the robot "Nezha", a popular character in traditional Chinese folklore who is able to fly around using his wind fire wheels.

It was the first time this robot was shown to the public and Zhao believed that it could drive further development of service robots' legs in the future to boost safety and efficiency.

Visitors were also fascinated by robotic arms that can be used for picking and placing different objects, as well as robot that can draw portraits for people in no more than five minutes. China is one of the largest markets for service and industrial robots with a growing demand for various kinds of products.

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