August 23, 2009

Imitating nature

A pair of biomimicry related videos:

ECCE the anthropomimetic robot: A robot with all the inner structures and mechanisms of a human (including bones, joints, muscles, and tendons), giving it a greater potential for human-like action and interaction in the world.

TED Talks: Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action: Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.


djadvance said...

Really cool. This has great body part replacement applications.

I've seen a couple articles recently about an objective view of the human body; somewhere someone said a bipedal being would be much better off with four spines, and that one is just bad design. So now that we're able to make better and better anthropomorphic robots, maybe it's time to think more about exactly how we can improve on the human form, both in our robots and in ourselves.

Particleion said...

All it needed was blood and it would have looked extremely creepy.

Duncan said...

I have seen something like the Eccerobot in several science-fiction horror movies. These creatures have all been amazingly terrible. People would like Eccerobots as their neighbors, wouldn't they? They could e.g. manage a kindergarden.