Holy crap, these bionic arms look just like Doc Ock's

Designed by German engineering firm Festo, these claw-tipped, artificially intelligent arms were designed to mimic the utility and movement of an elephant's trunk – but the resemblance to Dock Ock's writhing limbs is just uncanny. » 3/15/14 9:00pm 3/15/14 9:00pm

Researchers Create Re-Usable Tape Inspired By Geckos

If there's one animal that's inspired endless scientific research—it's the gecko. The lizard's ability to seemingly defy gravity and walk on walls has resulted in robots that can repair spaceships in flight, and now maybe even self-cleaning reusable sticky tape. » 2/21/14 12:20pm 2/21/14 12:20pm

Robo-Whiskers and Three Other Cool, Creepy, Animal-Inspired Machines

Inventors, designers and engineers are constantly cribbing from Mother Nature, building new-school robots inspired by old-school biology. Let's take a look at some of the latest, greatest, and weirdest designs that use biomimicry to give animal capabilities to machines. » 1/24/14 1:00pm 1/24/14 1:00pm

How Nature Is Inspiring a New Breed of Robotic Design

Some of our greatest inventors have looked to nature for inspiration. So it's no coincidence that the earliest known designs for what would eventually become the modern airplane were all based on birds. Or why we may one day have nearly indestructible armor inspired by seahorses. This type of design, called biomimicry, … » 7/30/13 12:00pm 7/30/13 12:00pm

Using Super Slow Motion to Study the Biomechanics of Flight

DARPA's hummingbird drone might be terrifying, but it's pretty remarkable that we've been able to create a bot that mimics that kind of agility. Researchers at Stanford armed with high-speed cameras are studying the minutiae of bird flight frame-by-frame to see if we can't one day make these bots even nimbler. That's… » 7/03/13 11:21am 7/03/13 11:21am

Buildings Based On Human Bone Structure Could Be the Future of Cities

Biomimicry borrows design solutions from the embedded intelligence within animals' bodies—chiefly from other species. But occasionally, it also borrows from within the human body. For example, a new study from MIT suggests that buildings of the future could be built with super-strong materials based on the structure of … » 6/18/13 4:11pm 6/18/13 4:11pm

Clog-Free Inkjet Printer Inspired by the Human Eye

"The eye and an ink jet nozzle have a common problem: they must not be allowed to dry while, simultaneously, they must open," explains Jae Wan Kwon, associate professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri. Kwon, with the help of MU engineering doctoral student Riberet Almieda, solved the problem… » 7/18/12 7:40pm 7/18/12 7:40pm