Dreams of Electric Penguins

By: Matthew Battles
May 10, 2010

Festo is a German engineering company specializing in pneumatic and electric actuators. But the company has a research division that takes a unique, biologically-inspired approach to robotics. Festo’s robots include aerial cyborg manta rays, jellyfish — and these mirrored air penguins, which seem born from the fever dreams of the Sphenisciform species.

With a name that evokes the Faust legend and a full kit of comic-book technology, Festo seems like a spawning ground for evil geniuses. I’ll say this much: an invasion force of air penguins makes for a strange and beautiful apocalypse.