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Biomimicry of bees and the insect’s hive behavior – RoboBees

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments22 October 2009

robobee2From flies to fish to lobsters, small insects and animals have long been ideal models for robotic and computer scientists. Bees, for example, possess unmatched elegance in flight, zipping from flower to flower with ease and hovering stably with heavy payloads. A multidisciplinary team of computer scientists, engineers, and biologists at Harvard received a 10… »

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Artificial photosynthesis system converts water into hydrogen

By Damir Beciri
One Comment20 October 2009

artificial-photosynthesis-3The energy available in sunlight is a resource we’ve only begun to really get a handle on. Current photovoltaic-cell technology, typically a semiconductor-based system, is expensive, not very efficient, and only does instant conversions from sunlight to electricity. But an artificial photosynthesis system or a photo-electrochemical cell that mimics what happens in plants could potentially… »

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Swarmanoid project – robots work like swarmed insects

By Damir Beciri
19 October 2009

swarmanoidWe already wrote about modular and shape-shifting robots in our previous articles. Swarm robotics is inspired by the social insect behavior, and emphasizes aspects such as decentralization of control, limited communication abilities among robots, use of local information, emergence of global actions, and robustness. Most current studies in swarm robotic systems have focused on robotic… »

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Shark skin biomimicry – from hull coating to health care

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments10 October 2009

great-white-sharkThe world of microorganisms is a dynamic one and all forms of life depend on microbial metabolic activity. In fact, there are more microbes living on and in every human being than there are human cells in our bodies. At the most basic level, there are microorganisms that are harmless or offer beneficial functions to… »

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Cyberdyne HAL-5 – exoskeleton robot

By Damir Beciri
10 Comments4 October 2009

cyberdyne-hal-5-0Robotic exoskeletons can be helpful in many ways as assisting the disabled and elderly in their daily tasks, or easing of any physically demanding task such as disaster rescue or construction. The HAL 5 exoskeleton helps the wearer to carry out a variety of everyday tasks, including standing up from a chair, walking, climbing up… »

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Biosolar hydrogen production with green algae

By Damir Beciri
1 October 2009

green_algae_chlamydomanas_reinhardtiiA fuel cell combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, heat, and water. In order to produce energy, fuel cells use oxygen and hydrogen. Hydrogen is high in energy, yet an engine that burns pure hydrogen produces almost no pollution. It’s also the most plentiful known element in the universe. Despite its simplicity and abundance,… »

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Lotus flower biomimicry for dirt and bacteria free surfaces

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments26 September 2009

lotus-plantResearchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., are developing a transparent coating that prevents dirt and even bacteria from sticking in the same way a lotus plant sheds water. The research begun through collaboration of Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems, Linthicum, Md., and nGimat Corporation, Atlanta, Ga. Although a lotus leaf appears smooth,… »

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Biomimicry of clams for more efficient anchors

By Damir Beciri
5 September 2009

roboclam-2Another great example of bio-mimetic robots is a solution many mariners, oil outfits, and the military have big hopes for. RoboClam, designed at the MIT, is meant to become the first “smart” anchor, a major departure from the prosaic piece of nautical gear that hasn’t changed much in centuries. Its present diminutive size is just… »