Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane
The concept was conceived by the US military as a means to gather real-time data for soldiers, and the Army has awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering a five year $10-million dollar grant to develop it.
The Bionic Handling Assistant – flexible and pliable movement.
For this biomechatronic handling system, the experts at Festo were inspired by the elephant’s trunk. A significant advantage over heavy industrial robots is the fact that direct contact between humans and machines is now no longer hazardous.
Humpback Whales Inspired Water Turbines
Tubercle Technology was inspired by the flippers of humpback whales, which have tubercles or bumps on the leading edges. Blades designed using Tubercle Technology are more energy efficient. The wind turbine blades require lower wind speeds, increasing the amount of time and the number of locations where they can actively generate electricity.
This micro-aircraft was inspired by the swift. Aerospace engineering students at Delft University of Technology have developed the aircraft in cooperation with the Experimental Zoology Group of Wageningen University, Netherlands. The small, quiet aircraft is equipped with observation cameras that can be used in the future to study birds or to conduct surveillance of groups of people or vehicles.
The 1.5 meter carp-shaped robots are part of a three-year research project funded by the European Commission. The life-like creatures, which mimic the undulating movement of real fish, could be used in rivers, lakes and seas across the world. They are wi-fi connected and equipped with tiny chemical sensors to find the source of potentially hazardous pollutants in the water, such as leaks from vessels in the port or underwater pipelines.
Bullet Train Inspired by The Kingfisher
The goal was to cut out the extremely loud claps that occurred when Japan’s bullet train emerged from tunnels. Engineers looked toward the kingfisher, which dives seamlessly into water. A nose cone designed after the bird’s beak solved the issue.
Iridescent Butterfly inspires Naturally Bright Fabrics
The scales on the wings of blue Morpho butterfly are made of many layers of proteins that refract light in different ways, and the color we see often is due entirely to the play of light and structure rather than the presence of pigments. This characteristic has inspired a new biomimetic fabric (morphotex) that refracts light like the butterfly’s wings.
Honeycomb Housing Complex
This very low budget social housing complex in Slovenia features a unique Honeycomb design inspired by the kingdom of bees. the facade offers nice views towards the sea, even when the blinds are closed via semi-transparent angled textile shadings. Also, the design smartly changes the rhythm of balconies to create dynamic elevations and offer privacy.