Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Manta's Shadow Part VI - the Festo Air Ray

The manta ray is acknowledged as having a very hydrodynamic body which makes it of interest to engineers who are looking to use biological models to improve the efficiency of their products. This is a video that has been out for several years now which shows a bio-mechanical manta ray balloon. The practical ramifications of this technology are beyond me but, aesthetically, this is a really cool video set to groovy New Age music and is relaxing to watch. Anyone who has ever been on the Manta Night Dive will appreciate how well this toy simulates the looping feeding pattern of a real-life manta ray. Enjoy!

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