Nature has been inspiring people since forever and there are just some technology breakthroughs that would never, ever happen without nature. I mean, buildings made of bubbles and cars that look like fish? These inventions below are inspired by time-tested structures of the natural world. Check the list shared by Omgfacts and make sure to vote for your favorite one.
1. The Shinkansen bullet train
This bullet train in Japan is an example of biomimicry. To avoid the piercing sound of their high-speed trains, the engineers took a nod from a bird that can dart its break into water at high speeds. This way he doesn’t make so much as a ripple.
Swiss engineer George de Mestral came up with this idea after picking burrs out of his dog’s fur. The tiny hooks of velcro are modeled after the hooks make burrs stick to your socks after a hike.
3. GeckSkin Adhesive
GeckSkin is a strong adhesive based on the mechanics of gecko feet. It is developed at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a piece of it can hold up to 700 pounds on a smooth surface.
4. Mercedes-Benz Bionic
The body of this concept was inspired by the shape of the yellow boxfish which made it the most efficient vehicle of its size at the time. It was released in 2005 and never made it into production, but honestly, with what Mercedes is doing these days, I’m not all that upset.
5. COM-BAT spy plane
Researches at the University of Michigan developed a six-inch spy plane that uses the wing anatomy of bats to transmit the information about the sights, size of an urban combat zone.
6. Beijing’s watercube
The Watercube designs is based on the structure of soap bubbles and it took place at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. It looks so cool!
7. Color E-readers
You can read books on Kindle without your eyes hurting all thanks to butterflies. It is modeled after the iridescence of their wings so they reflect light rather than transmit it like a computer screen. Pretty awesome, right?
8. Shark skin coating
The pattern of shark skin drags and prevents some microorganisms from building up on the surface. NASA and 3M teamed up to produce a coating for boats that have similar benefits.
9. Spider-inspired glass
Spiders protect their webs with a silky layer that doesn’t let birds fly into them and ruin the hard work, so German engineers, used this strategy to solve the problem of birds smacking into their windows. Ornilux glass is glazed with a special web pattern that is visible to birds.
10. Whale fin wind blades
The massive whales move so gracefully through water mostly because of the bumpy ridges on their fins that are called tubercles. A professor at West Chester University named Frank Fish found out that adding those similar bumps to the blades of wind turbines reduced drag and noise while increasing speed.
11. Tsunami warnings
EvoLogics were inspired by the communication of dolphins when they waned to develop an underwater sensor that emits high-frequency signals to report underwater earthquakes which are a sign of tsunamis.
12. Ultra efficient LEDs
Scientists copied the structure of the insect’s belly to increase the efficiency of LED lights by 55 percent. Wow!