Informational review of biomimetics consumer products

Biomimetics Consumer Products - In this article we present the reader with a brief informational review of Biomimetics consumer products.. Please keep in mind that although we are providing information on Biomimetics consumer products we are not endorsing these products.

Before delving into a more specific discussion of Biomimetics consumer products, we thought it best to spend a bit of time reviewing what is meant by Biomimetics in the first instance.

“biomimetics” is defined by several more common names -- bionics, biognosis, etc. Basically it’s the concept of taking ideas from nature and implementing them in another technology such as engineering, design, computing, etc. The concept is very old (the Chinese wanted to make artificial silk 3 000 years ago; Daedalus’ wings was one of the early design failures) but the implementation is gathering momentum only recently because the science base can cope with the advanced techniques and our civilisation is in ever increasing need of sympathetic technology.

A Beukers & E v Hinte, 010 Publishers, Rotterdam, summed up Biomimetics in an essay:

“the concepts of robotics can be applied to buildings, making them mechanically adaptive. This is already done in a relatively primitive way to give some protection against earth movements. But a truly responsive building would be prestressed, converting compressive loads into tensile ones, gathering all the residual compressive loads into a single mast. It would then respond to changes in internal and external forces by adaptively changing its state of prestress, giving lightweight stability. The technology for implementing such designs is with us, at least in "bolt-on" mode. Piezoelectric elements can provide strain sensing and small-scale actuation, as can strain gauges and linear motors. Integration of input and output is a trivial problem with modern technology, although precisely what action might be taken in response to a given input is not always obvious.”

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