I aim to shape products, interfaces and services that mediate meaningful dialogues between people, systems and their environments within everyday life.

Feb
24
2009

Biomimetics

I just started a new course this week called Embedded Interaction with Michael Fox, who specializes in interactive architecture. For our first exercise we’ve been asked to build a kinetic structure inspired by nature or biological systems (also known as biomimetics).  We can draw examples from plant tropism, bird wings, spiderweb structure, etc. For example, Velcro was invented after the engineer,  George de Mestral, realized the hooking mechanism of burr to his dog’s fur.

Interesting examples for consideration:

jellyfish 

weeping willow

pinecones will close when warm and dry but close in cold and damp conditions


 

Although this project won’t involve motors or gears our later projects will. Flying Pig is a basic useful resource for future reference.

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