10 Best Robotic Animals in the World

Technology has really come a long way and a great way to see it is through the creation of robots. Every day groups of Engineers come together trying to find ways to develop further robotic projects with a lot of them is inspired by things in nature. Some of them can be easily mistaken for a real animal and see how far technology has come number. The following are the 10 amazing robot animals that really exist.

10. Smart Bird

Smart Bird

The smart bird is an Ornithopter which is pretty much an aircraft with flapping wings. It was designed by FSS Bionic Learning Network. The smart bird can take off fly and land by itself which makes it a very autonomous robot. It's one of the robots that best impersonates the flight of genuine winged creatures. Its wings in fact not only flap but can even twist. 

An electrical motor in its body allowed its wings to move in a vertical way. When you look at it, the smart bird can fly almost as perfectly as an actual bird. From afar, one might think it's even a real one. The smart bird is a robot that can help researchers understand. The bird's flight better and even improve the way in which an airplane can be designed. It can also help in the further development of drone technology and other flying robots in the future

9. The Bionic Ant

The Bionic Ant

The smart bird is not the only robot that Festo has created. They are actually one of the leading companies in the development of robotic animals. The other one of Faso's creations, a Swarm of Bionic Ants. These ants are 13 centimeters long and have been designed like real ants not only on the outside but also in their behavioral patterns. These ants can communicate with each other to carry on tasks as a community. 

They come up with a small camera within the eye region and some monitors which allows them to move and perform they have two batteries that allow them to function wirelessly for up to 40 minutes. If the battery runs out, they can step on the dock and recharge through their antennas. 

8. The Bionic Copter

The Bionic Copter

This is another creation by Festo. The Bionic Copter is one of the most efficient flying robots due to the fact that it is more maneuverable than the others. It is also known as the dragonfly robot. Although with the body of 19 inches long, it is quite larger than the real insect. However, this robot moves its wings just like the creature that inspired it. 

This robot can fly to the front of the back and make an abrupt stop in midair. Bionic copter is a great example of what wireless communication can become. This robot can follow commands in real-time thanks to its sensors that allow it to assess its surroundings at the same time it receives instructions. This robot is not only smart and efficient but also very good-looking. Its body is covered in blue polyester which makes it a very beautiful and elegant robot.

7. The Bionic Kangaroo

The Bionic Kangaroo

When one thinks of kangaroos, the first thing that might come to your mind is Australia. But also the way they jump from place to place maybe kick and have their young of their pouch if he does a lot of things here. With the Bionic Kangaroo, the creators have implemented a mechanism of repercussion that allows the robot to recover, store, and use energy with every jump just like a real one. The Bionic Kangaroo is smaller than the real one. As controlled through an armband that tracked the arm gestures of its bearer so the kangaroo knows wearing when the ha. 

This robot however is not meant for you to have at home so don't expect to see it in stores yet. First It designed with the hopes of finding ways to use energy more efficiently in the creation of new tools. 

6. Butterfly Robots

Butterfly Robots

The butterfly robots also made by Festo and are one of the lightest robots in existence. They only weigh 32 grams which are as light as a light bulb that includes a set of batteries that allows them to stay on for 15 minutes and a GPS system that helps coordinate their flight. They are kept and tracked in a room with 10 cameras that monitors and guides their flight which is pretty impressive. 

They say you can easily mistake one of these robots for a real one even. The creation of butterfly robots opens the way for the creation of small light and efficient robotic structures. Festo is really done to create some impressive stuff.

5. Spot - The Commercial Robot

Spot - The Commercial Robot

Alongside Festo, Boston Dynamics is another company responsible for the creation of robots. They developed the spot mini now called Spot which is a dog light robot able to perform tasks for its owners. It can climb stairs and move through very narrow spaces where someone wouldn't be able to. It has a set of cameras and sensors that allow it to move through different terrains while avoiding different obstacles and people. 

Scott is also resistant to harsh weather conditions and he even has a crash protection system that keeps it safe. More importantly, Spot is one of the first robotic animals with such features to go into the marketplace. Its price however does vary. They say it's pretty much like buying a car.

4. Snake Bot

Snake Bot

Snakes are probably some of the scariest animals out there. But when it comes to the world of robotics, snakes are proven to be very useful and friendly. Snake Clouds can be as big as a four-story building which is the case of one developed by Cinta. They can be small and been enough to enter tissues in the human body like the medical snake bot developed by Carnegie Mellon University. 

What these robots have in common? Is that their ability to get through narrow spaces and transform their bodies to perform their fast? They are built-in chains with independent skills that allow them to keep functioning even if a part of their body gets damaged. 

3. Cheetah Robot

Cheetah Robot

Cheetahs are known to be the fastest animals in the world reaching speeds of about 110 to 120 km/h and keeping it steady for up to 500 meters. It comes as no surprise that the robotic equivalent is also a very fast robot. The cheetah robot developed at the labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT can reach a speed of about 45 km/h. Although it might not be as fast as a real cheetah, it is faster than Usain Bolt the fastest man on earth.          

The cheetah robot is equipped with sensors that allow it to assess its environment and avoid any obstacles. During lab tests, the cheetah robot has been able to identify and jump over a series of multiple obstacles of 40 centimeters high which are double the size of the robot. Heck, it doesn't even need cameras to accomplish that. This robot has always been able to plan its jumps and adjust accordingly even when it was only a meter away from the obstacle. It seems like this is not only a fast robot but also a very smart one.

2. Miro

Miro fish robot

Miro which is an acronym for marine intelligence robot is a South Korean invention by the company ARO INC. This fish robot has two motors and multiple sensors that will allow it to swim in all directions and can dive as deep as 50 meters underwater. This robot is so intelligent that it can swim next to charge without any issue. The Miro Fish has been seen performing stunts like moonwalk, swimming, and LED lights of luminance. This Fish has been shown at different events throughout Asia with an array of customizable skins. The technology behind Miro is so impressive that with ten hours per charge its battery lasts longer than in other robots. Although Miro is a big set in the world of artificial intelligence, this robot can also be the remote control of a camera attached to it.

1. BBC Spy Robots

BBC Spy Robots

Technology has made huge advances over the last couple of years but no other robot on this list compares to the one used by the BBC and other major networks a spy on wild animals.            

For decades, animatronics have been used in film and television for the sake of special effects and to recreate moments that would be impossible to film with a real animal. These kinds of examples are those scenes with the shark attacks people and jaws or those birds that came to visit Mary Poppins back in 1964. However, animatronics have also made it possible for documentary filmmakers to get closer to the animals and spy on their world. That's something that would be impossible for the filmmaker was too casually seven of their habitats with a camera. It all started a while ago when director John downer decided to hide a camera inside a moving rock to spy on a pride of lions. He called this rock the boulder cam.

The idea was reproduced on many occasions. It was no longer just the camera inside a rock but a camera inside a robotic animal is even able to catch some dolphins getting high on the toxins of a pufferfish. All these events would have been hard to capture otherwise as these are moments of the animals like to share in their intimacy far away from humans does. That just means we're creepers as humans then yeah either way.          


Today the world of spy robots has reached a whole new level by bringing together the worlds of biology, zoology, arts, and robotics to create animal robots that look exactly the same as the real ones. Animals are often very smart at distinguishing real from robot animals but the latest efforts have made robots look as real as they can be and can easily blend with their surroundings.

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