Whether mechanical swallows or floating jellyfish – Philipp Eberl and Dr Elias Knubben from Festo develop innovative machines that are modelled on living creatures. In their interview with Moritz Rose, they talk about how Festo uses the functioning of propulsion and buoyancy of bionic models for innovation development and what role design plays in this. Episode 12 of the ndion podcast.

About nature as an overall role model and why a company builds dragonflies

Moritz Rose
Podcast Host Moritz Rose
Philipp Eberl, Head of Global Design at Festo
Philipp Eberl, Head of Global Design at Festo
Dr. Elias Knubben
Dr. Elias Knubben, Vice President Research & Innovation at Festo

Giant, shimmering silver jellyfish that perform a precise technical ballet in the air at a height of three metres, robotic swallows that glide nimbly through the air or artificial hands that are modelled on those of humans: Festo, innovation leader in the field of automation and control technology, develops technology carriers modelled on nature in order to track down resource- and energy-efficient designs and hybrid drive technologies. Design plays a central role in this: it explores the limits and possibilities of materials, mechanics and technology and at the same time makes it possible to experience what is possible.

In this podcast, industrial designer Moritz Rose talks to two senior designers and innovators at Festo: Philipp Eberl is Head of Global Design and Dr Elias Knubben is Vice President Research & Innovation. The two explain how they manage to bring emotionality to the subject of technology with their sensational bionic concepts, how the concepts come about and how the design process works.

Discover Festo’s bionic innovations on YouTube.


Please note: this podcast is in German.

In the ndion podcast, the German Design Council invites interesting people from various industries and talks to with them about design, brand and innovation. They will be asked about the current challenges in transformation, megatrends and micro-tools, lessons learned and the most important dos and don’ts.


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