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FlipperBot robot locomotion inspired by sea turtle hatchlings

By Damir Beciri
27 April 2013

sea-turtleCollaboration in an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Northwestern University and Temple University led to development of a robot inspired by sea turtle hatchlings. Named FlipperBot, the robot is being developed for better understanding of principles that govern movement using flippers – thus leading to more efficient robots that… »

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Multi-touch table educational games improve learning

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments5 June 2012

multi-touch-table-educational-gamesAn interdisciplinary team consisting out of computer scientists, biologists, and cognitive psychologists at Harvard, Northwestern, Wellesley, and Tufts, conducted a pair of studies where they investigated the actual learning outcomes of educational games in both formal and informal settings. The results revealed that educational games succeeded at making the process of learning difficult material engaging… »

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Skin electronics that stick and stretch like temporary tattoo stickers

By Damir Beciri
One Comment13 August 2011

ees-epidermal-electronic-systemA multi-disciplinary team of researchers, led by researchers from the University of Illinois, came up with epidermal electronic system (EES) – a device platform based on a thin skin-like patch that mounts directly onto the skin with ease and flexibility of a temporary tattoo sticker. The technology could be used in electronic components for sensing,… »

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Black ghost knifefish biomimicry inspired GhostBot robot

By Damir Beciri
20 January 2011

black-ghost-knifefishResearchers at Northwestern University have created a robotic fish that can move from swimming forward and backward to swimming vertically almost instantaneously by using a ribbon-like fin inspired by the black ghost knifefish – a night fish that lives in rivers of the Amazon basin. It hunts for prey using a weak electric field around… »


Geckos biomimicry used for new method in electronics printing

By Damir Beciri
One Comment23 September 2010

geckoInspired by geckos, a team of engineers has developed a reversible adhesion method for printing electronics on a variety of tricky surfaces such as clothes, plastic and leather. Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign designed a  square polymer stamp that allows them to vary its adhesion strength. The stamp can… »

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Biomimicry of fish lateral line for future robots and submarines

By Rob Aid
14 February 2010

fish-neuromastThe lateral line is a hydrodynamic imaging system found in fish and aquatic amphibians enables them to accomplish a variety of underwater activities such as localization of moving prey or predators, detection of stationary objects, schooling without colliding and social communication. It consists of numerous hair cell sensors called neuromasts which are distributed all over… »