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Robot animals dazzle at automation convention

The company showed off the 'Smart Bird' and 'BionicOpter' at this year's IFAC.

FILE: The company showed off the 'Smart Bird' and 'BionicOpter' at this year's IFAC. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - At this year's International Federation of Automatic Control, German company Festo displayed animal robots.

The company showed the "Smart Bird" and "BionicOpter".

The company develops automatics and electronics covering the entire spectrum of automation and devices designed for optimum efficiency, compact size and intelligence to interact with their environment.

The company has also formed the Bionic Learning Network which looks at nature and what can be learned from it.