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Steerable Paper Planes and Maple Seeds the Basis for Life-saving, Disposable UAVs

Steerable Paper Planes and Maple Seeds the Basis for Life-saving, Disposable UAVs | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The term "UAV" generally leads us to think about expensive, high-tech military drones like General Atomics' Predator, but a Robotics team led by Dr. Paul Pounds at Australia's University of Queensland has created a pair of UAVs that are so cheap and easy to manufacture that they'll literally be disposable, single use items. One's basically a high-tech paper plane, while the other follows the form factor of a maple seed with both designed to help save lives in the event of a forest fire."

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You Won't Want To Meet This 3D Printed Spiderbot Alone At Night

You Won't Want To Meet This 3D Printed Spiderbot Alone At Night | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The creepily-lifelike T8 spiderbot from Robugtix dramatically uses bio-inspiration for it's 3D printed form and mechanics. The robot is due for release in September.
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Harvard is Building Robotic Cockroaches

Harvard is Building Robotic Cockroaches | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The art and science of biomimicry teaches us to find solutions to our problems by looking at what nature has come up with to solve similar problems. This is what the microrobotics team at Harvard has apparently done with these small cockroach-like autonomous robots. Like insects, their legs move so fast that we must slow down a video of their movements to understand how they do it."

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Biomimicry: Ant Movements Inspire Tunnel-digging Robots

Biomimicry: Ant Movements Inspire Tunnel-digging Robots | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Biomimicry is a great tool to solve problems. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we can often look at the solutions that nature has come up with over millions of years of trials & errors. For example, the study of how ants can so quickly move underground and dig relatively stable tunnels in all kinds of soil can teach scientists and engineers a lot, some of which might be quite useful to make robots that could do search & rescue missions or explore hard to access corners of the Earth (equipped with the proper sensors, they could be used for all kinds of environmental monitoring jobs)."

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Robotic Bat Wing Mimics a 'Spectacular Flyer'

Robotic Bat Wing Mimics a 'Spectacular Flyer' | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researcher Joseph Bahlman, a graduate student at Brown University, developed the robotic bat wing depicted in this video to help scientists better understand the workings of bat flight. "Bats are just really amazing, spectacular flyers," says Bahlman, a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. "Their wings are extremely dynamic, so much more dynamic than birds or insects. If you look at the wings of a bat, they're just like our hands, they have all these joints that let their wings adapt into lots of different shapes, giving them a tremendous range of aerodynamic forces and maneuverabilities. They fly much better than anything we've engineered. I would love to figure out how that works and then duplicate it."

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Swarming Robots Could be the Servants of the Future

Swarming Robots Could be the Servants of the Future | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics, jointly established by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, have been working to program a group of 40 robots, and say the ability to control robot swarms could prove hugely beneficial in a range of contexts, from military to medical."

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BionicOpter Dragonfly Drone Flutters About, Blows Minds

BionicOpter Dragonfly Drone Flutters About, Blows Minds | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"After crafting a machine last year that soared around like a herring gull, now the company [Festo] has created BionicOpter. The 17.3-inch long dragonfly drone can flutter through the air in any direction, and even hover, just like its biological inspiration. Its four carbon fiber and foil wings beat up to 20 times per-second, propelling it through the air as if it were swimming rather than flying."

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Robotic Salamander Walks on Land, Swims in Water

Robotic Salamander Walks on Land, Swims in Water | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The amphibious robot mimics the crawling and swimming movements of the salamander so that it can easily transition between land and water.
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This Robotic Sea Turtle Moves Through the Water With Breathtaking Grace

This Robotic Sea Turtle Moves Through the Water With Breathtaking Grace | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Mankind's attempts to create robotic humans that move exactly like us have so far been far from perfect. They usually stumble around, desperately trying to keep their balance like a toddler taking its first steps.
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Slithering Robotic Snakes Repairs Jet Engines

Slithering Robotic Snakes Repairs Jet Engines | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Rolls-Royce is developing snake-like robots with their industrial partners as part of a European research project called MiRoR. New Scientist reports that the robots would be used to maneuver inside jet engines and repair any damage. They would be operated remotely, allowing experts to quickly fix any problems and reduce delays for passengers.

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How Space Robots Could Heal, Learn Like Living Creatures

How Space Robots Could Heal, Learn Like Living Creatures | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

No living creature born on Earth has evolved to live in space. But the next wave of space robots may use "bio-inspired" designs based on specialized jellyfish cells, lemur climbing skills or even the fast-learning brain of a human child. Living organisms still have two huge advantages over even the best space robots — biological creatures can heal themselves and they have nervous systems capable of learning from the surrounding environment. At the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Space 2012 Conference & Exposition on Sept. 12, robotics researchers from NASA and the U.S. military talked about their hopes for someday making space robots that mimic those biological abilities through self-repair mechanisms and "brains" based on learning software.

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Venus Fly Trap-Like Robots Eat Bugs and Could Use Them for Energy

Venus Fly Trap-Like Robots Eat Bugs and Could Use Them for Energy | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
New robot prototypes mimic the Venus fly trap's ability to catch insects; preexisting technology could let them digest their prey to generate electricity.
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Giant Crabster Robot to Explore Shipwrecks and Shallow Seas

Giant Crabster Robot to Explore Shipwrecks and Shallow Seas | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The Japanese spider crab is about to lose its title as the world's largest crustacean thanks to a new robot, the Crabster, developed in South Korea. For the past 2 years, researchers at the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) have been working on a giant robot crab that is about the size and weight of a Smart car. This summer it will help scientists explore wrecks below the sea, weathering harsh tidal currents rushing over it at 1.5 m/s."

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Cheetah-Cub Robot Created: See Other Nature-Inspired Machines

Cheetah-Cub Robot Created: See Other Nature-Inspired Machines | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A new cheetah-cub robot is just the latest in a mechanical menagerie of animal-inspired robots that climb, fly, swim, and slither.
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Stanford's Flying Fish Glider Bests Ordinary Jumping Robots

Stanford's Flying Fish Glider Bests Ordinary Jumping Robots | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers at Stanford University have developed a small aircraft that resembles a flying fish which can jump and glide over a greater distance than an equivalent jumping robot. Using a carbon fiber spring to take off, the jumpglider has a pivoting wing that stays out of the way during ascent, but which locks into place to glide farther on the way down."

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GPU-based Brain Research Helps Japanese Robot Swing for the Fences

GPU-based Brain Research Helps Japanese Robot Swing for the Fences | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The human cerebellum is a mysterious thing. Responsible for motor control, it’s the reason why we can walk, run, or learn to hit a baseball without having to consciously think through the mechanics of what we’re doing. These are some of the tasks that robots — with their ‘electronic’ brains — struggle with most."

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Frog-like Robot Will Help Surgeons With Keyhole Surgery

Frog-like Robot Will Help Surgeons With Keyhole Surgery | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers at the University of Leeds are using the feet of tree frogs as a model for a tiny robot designed to crawl inside patients’ bodies during keyhole surgery."

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Robot Ants Mimic Insect Behaviour

Robot Ants Mimic Insect Behaviour | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Tiny robotic ants created by scientists in the US are able to navigate through a network by following one another's trail, footage reveals.
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Virginia Tech Creates Giant 170-Pound Jellyfish Robot!

Virginia Tech Creates Giant 170-Pound Jellyfish Robot! | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Engineers from Virginia Tech have created Cryo, a 170lb robotic jellyfish that could be used for Navy spy missions.
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'Eagle Claw' Drone Picks Up Payloads Like A Bird Of Prey

'Eagle Claw' Drone Picks Up Payloads Like A Bird Of Prey | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Four engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have equipped a drone with a…claw. In a video posted to YouTube in February, they show a drone swooping down and grasping things at high speed, like a predatory eagle.
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Shape-Shifting Robot Mimics Protein Molecules

Shape-Shifting Robot Mimics Protein Molecules | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The MIT-designed device is being called a "robotic Swiss Army knife" for its ability to transform into many tools.
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9 Drones Inspired by Nature

9 Drones Inspired by Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Drones are becoming an undeniable part of our future and many researchers look toward the natural world for design inspiration.
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Robot Tuna Joins Homeland Security Arsenal

Robot Tuna Joins Homeland Security Arsenal | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Speedy tuna capable of swimming tirelessly in the Earth's oceans have inspired the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to fund a lookalike robot for underwater patrols. The "BIOSwimmer" robot features faithfully replicated fins and a flexible tail to pull off quick maneuvers like the real-life fish.Homeland Security made the choice to fund the robot made by the Boston Engineering Corporation in Waltham, Mass., with an eye toward missions such as exploring the flooded areas of ships, inspecting oil tankers or patrolling U.S. harbors to watch out for suspicious activity.

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Squishy Robots Change Color, Glow

Squishy Robots Change Color, Glow | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A squishy robot inspired by the octopus and squid can change color and even glow in the dark.
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