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Robotic fish consume less power by using magnets instead motors

By Damir Beciri
One Comment20 March 2010

osaka-robot-fishWe already wrote about several projects related to robots inspired by fish as the MIT robot fish from or the fish robots contracted to search for pollutants in the waters. The robotic fish, special because it uses only a fraction of energy needed to swim through the water, is being developed by the Faculty of… »

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Spider hairs biomimicry for hydrophobic surfaces

By Damir Beciri
28 February 2010

spider-hairs-biomimicryAlthough we already wrote about lotus biomimicry for water-repelling surfaces, in this article we’re going to write about a surface with similar properties. Engineering researchers have created what they say is a “nearly perfect hydrophobic interface” by mimicking spiders. By using plastic to reproduce the shape and patterns of the minute hairs that grow on… »

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Lockheed Martin HULC robotic exoskeleton will operate longer

By Damir Beciri
One Comment22 January 2010

lockheed-martin-hulc-robotic-exoskeletonAfter writing about Japanese HAL-5 robotic exoskeleton, in this article we’re going to write about Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) robotic exoskeleton. Developed by Lockheed Martin and Berkeley Bionics, the HULC robotic exoskeleton doesn’t boost the arm strength as some of the other robotic exoskeletons (including HAL-5) but it rather increases user’s capability to wear… »

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Top 5 articles regarding biomimicry of flora and fauna in 2009

By Rob Aid
3 Comments2 January 2010

top-5-articles-regarding-biomimicry-robaidOne of the major themes our website covers is bionics. Bionics (also known as biomimetics, bio-inspiration, biognosis, biomimicry, or bionical creativity engineering) is the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology. Some dictionaries, however, explain the word as being formed from biology… »

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Smart Hand – robotic hand gives amputees a sense of touch

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments11 November 2009

smart-handDeveloped by EU researchers, the Smart Hand is a complex prosthesis with four motors and forty sensors designed to provide realistic motion and sense to the user. Te sensors enabled it to become the first device of its kind to send signals back to the wearer, allowing them to feel what they touch. Phantom limb… »

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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 leaves ventricular system produces energy

By Damir Beciri
One Comment5 August 2009

fernpower1In this article we’re going to write about biomimicry of leaves. The development of artificial glass leaves that produce energy is done by UC Berkeley researcher Michel Maharbiz (a guy we mentioned earlier in our article about insects spies), Ruba Borno from the University of Michigan and Joseph Steinmeyer from MIT. They developed an alternative energy… »

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Wasp hounds “sniff” explosives and illegal drugs

By Damir Beciri
15 June 2009

parasitic-waspDrug smugglers and terrorists may soon meet their match: a handheld chemical detector powered by trained wasps or bees. Nicknamed “The Wasp Hound” the prototype tool houses five parasitic wasps that react to the smell of explosives, illegal drugs, and plant diseases. In theory, the insects’ movements set off an alarm to alert authorities. Although… »