I’m starting a new little semi-regular feature. Each morning, around now for you to muse over your coffee break or catch up on over lunch, I’ll post a paragraph about an organisim that has inspired someone to create something from it.
THEN YOU GET INVOLVED
See if you can guess what product or development the organisim has inspired! Don’t worry if you’re not sure, new ideas are almost more interesting thn the right answer! Just post your answer in the comment section or tweet it at me (@biomimicron)
Then, either that evening or the next morning, I’ll post the answer, along with who got it right and maybe a few who got it wrong but in an intersting way! GET COMMENTING!
It often feels like the animals get all the attention. The ants, termites, and various burrowing rodents who build such elaborate, passive structures, the sharks with the ‘rough but smooth’ skin and all the skeletal soft kill designs. Therefore I’m starting my 5 Great Applications series where life (probably) started).
Inspiring organism 1 – Brambles
The humble bramble. Common, and largely unwelcome in unkempt gardens and unused brown field sites internationally. It’s everywhere, but what makes it so successful?
Propagation from root stock is one reason, like nettles and other plants. But the interesting biomimicry application uses the most prominent feature. No one wants to touch it, because it hurts. Animals don’t try and cross it unless highly armoured or in an emergency.
Hit the next page for the answer!