Bio Inspirations

 

Dolphin School Inspired Smart Grid

Monday, October 14th, 2013

We are developing smart grid solutions based upon a report about the dynamics of the complex social network of bottle nose dolphins.  View More...

Mexican Jumping Bean Inspired Sensors

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Mexican jumping beans, which are actually hollow seeds containing moth larva, seem to bounce and roll around in a totally random manner as the larva move around inside, but researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that it's not random at all, and their behavior is now being used to program robots to roll in a controlled way.
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3M’s Shark Skin Inspired Film To Help Wind Turbines

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Earlier this year, scientists offered a novel approach to boost the output of electric wind turbines: Coat the blades with a ribbed film that mimics shark skin.  View More...

Catepillar Inspired Robot

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Rolling locomotion using an external force such as gravity has evolved many times. However, some caterpillars can curl into a wheel and generate their own rolling momentum as part of an escape repertoire.  View More...

Sycamore Inspired Wind Turbines

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The giant sycamore of the seas: British engineers design 900ft offshore wind turbine which mimics tree's seeds. A giant wind turbine design that mimics the spiralling motion of a sycamore seed could revolutionise the wind power industry.

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Beetle Inspired Video Cameras

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Video cameras on your cellphone could soon be good enough to record a jazz concert, a nighttime street scene, or a candlelit dinner. A Swedish start-up has created an algorithm, inspired by dung beetles, that can be integrated into camera modules to offer high-quality video in extremely low light situations.  View More...

Shark Inspired Coatings

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Shark Skin Inspired Coating
University of Florida engineers have developed an environmentally friendly coating for hulls of oceangoing ships based on an unlikely source of inspiration: the shark  View More...

Hummingbird inspired Nano-UAV

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Hummingbird inspired micro aerial vehicle
(image source: Aerovironment)
"AeroVironment is designing and building a prototype flapping-wing unmanned aircraft under  View More...

Maple Seeds and Animals Exploit the Same Trick to Fly

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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(image source: wikipedia)
The twirling seeds of maple trees spin like miniature helicopters as they fall to the ground. Because the seeds descend slowly as they swirl, they can  View More...

Plant Inspired Heliotropic Solar Tracker

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

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Many plants are heliotropic, gradually tilting towards the sun to optimize solar energy capture. Current sun-tracking solar panels involve the use of motors  View More...