05 Jan '12, 6pm

The Year in Biomimicry: How Beetles, Mantis Shrimp & More Inspired Innovation

The Year in Biomimicry: How Beetles, Mantis Shrimp & More Inspired Innovation

Yes, it's that time of year again: Time for the third annual Tommies, my pick of the top 10 bio-inspired innovations of 2011. My prize offer to any of the innovators still stands: Have an Irish coffee with me at the Buena Vista in San Francisco. Here are the inventions or discoveries arranged by the organisms that inspired them: 1. Herring Gull. This long-lived coastal bird is a common sight along the entire shore of western and northern Europe. Our familiarity with its appearance, however, cannot mask our wonder at its aerial acrobatics. The bird is a consummate flyer and had inspired the volken at the Bionic Learning Network of Festo AG and Co. of Germany to accomplish another impressive feat of bio-inspired engineering. SmartBird is a 485 gram construction of foam plastic and carbon fiber, a few servomotors, gears and linkages that accomplishes something man has tried a...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/01/05/year-biomimicry-h...

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