Bionics: Out of Ideas? Copy Nature
Wired has a neat story on Robert J. Full, the biologist-engineer-roboticist-whatever who's responsible for Gecko tape. He's a big champion of biomimetic design, where animal kinematics are the basis for mechanical robotic systems, rather than basing them purely on theoretical derivations. Lots of work has been done to apply these principles to robotics - take for example, a robotic Tuna or cockroach. But Design has largely missed out on developments like this. It seems like we have a lot we could learn from nature. Dogs have a portable chair that goes with them everywhere, while looking sleek (check out these haunches). Ducks don't need umbrellas. And trees are so pretty. So go to it!
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