Festo is a worldwide leader in automation and a world market leader in technical training and development. One source for new knowledge and future technologies is bionics. It provides astonishing impetus for automation technology and leads to new approaches to solutions for industrial practice. That is why in 2006 Festo brought to life a research association with reputable universities and institutes, development companies and private inventors: the Bionic Learning Network. Since then over 40 bionic projects have been completed within the association.
Purpose of the Biomechatronic Footprint
Besides media (brochures, films, animations, websites) about the individual projects, Metaio developer madness has developed the concept for the Augmented Reality Biomechatronic Footprint folding poster in six languages (German, English, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese). The DIN A1 poster shows a selection of the completed projects and illustrates the line of thinking from natural models to basic technical principles and bionic adaptation right through to industrial applications. The Biomechatronic Footprint is suitable as a door-opener to explain why Festo is involved with bionics and what advantage is gained from this method of procedure that is unique among its competitors.
Function of the Augmented Reality Biomechatronic Footprint poster
The front face shows a decorative poster motif with a striking character, which explains individual evolutionary curves and depicts the highlights from 2006 to the present day. On the reverse side, there is detailed information about the Bionic Learning Network as well as brief descriptions of the selected projects. In order for onlookers to get all the information, even if the poster is hanging on the wall, an Augmented Reality experience has been added to the front.
After scanning the image with the Junaio application nine of the objects depicted are highlighted at a virtual level and can be selected separately. Besides the brief written description, the onlooker can call up a film and brochure about the project. On the bottom edge of the screen is a menu with nine more sections – for example about the manufacturing process, the technologies used and the fields where the bionic objects could potentially be used.
If the user accesses a section, all the objects about the relevant topic are networked, thus highlighting what connects the different projects. Another click calls up a brief description about the respective subject.
For those interested who do not have a mobile device, the additional virtual information is also available in the form of an interactive graphic on Festo’s classic website.