The robot uses its whiskers to sense the world around it. It was developed by Bristol Robotics Laboratory and University of Sheffield Active Touch Laboratory in 2012. This type of robot could be useful in smoke-filled and/or dark areas that are unsafe for people.
The Festo Smartbird was created in 2011, is modeled on the herring gull and can take off, fly and land while its flight is controlled remotely from the ground in real time. Festo is a robotics company that is known for its robotic animals.