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What is the world’s tallest skyscraper?
… and what does a flower have to do with it?
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Dubai#cite_note-30 on 20091206
“Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain.”
“Life has been performing design experiments on Earth’s R&D lab for 3.8 billion years. What’s flourishing on the planet today are the best ideas---those that perform well in context, while economizing on energy and materials. Whatever your company’s design challenge, the odds are high that one or more of the world’s 30 million creatures has not only faced the same challenge, but has evolved effective strategies to solve it.”
Source: Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, Janine Benyus
Source: http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/robotics-software/march-of-the-sandbots (20091105)
Fast Company, November 2009
The iMod display flashes brilliant colors while drawing only a fraction of the electricity required to power a typical liquid crystal display
The ‘Lotus Effect’ of how lotus leaves bead water to remain clean has inspired a new generation of self-cleaning paints
Source: Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, J. Benyus, Perrenial NY, 2002
Source: www.HydraulicsPneumatics.com /200 /Issue /Article/True/86387
An experiment at a Japanese aquarium that used eels to light Christmas lights inspired NIST researchers to build artificial cells that copy the eel’s electric generation capability
UW-Madison and a Wausau, Wis., company have come up with a 37-inch, bullet and bomb-proof Humvee tire based on a polymeric web so cool looking there's no need for hub caps
Toyota engineers have developed camera software which takes inspiration from nocturnal dung beetles, bees and moths that can see across a remarkable range of color, brightness and shadow
“A Big Leap for Antibiotics,” Popular Science Magazine, January 2008.
Modeled after the boxfish, it has one of the lowest Cd’s ever tested (0.19 for the concept car)
In 2005, Ford's Volvo Division developed an anti-collision system based on the way locusts swarm without crashing into one another
Source: Biomimicry Guild, La Cusinga, Costa Rica
Design Workshop, 2007
The Guild suggests a five step spiral development process:
Source: Biomimicry Newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 1, February, 2006
A nice taxonomy is available at (may have moved!):