Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet
Tidal Power System — Inspired by Swimming Fish
This tidal power system mimics the uniform swimming patterns of fish like tuna, mackerel and sharks. Unlike these fish, the bioStream does not move freely through the water but instead it’s anchored to the ocean floor. These lightweight power plants rotate with the tides to generate electricity from the moving water. Just like the animals living in the ocean deep, these devices move with the the ebb and flow of the ocean and their streamlined shape protects them when extreme conditions prevail.
Efficient Color Electronic Screens — Inspired by the Wing of a Butterfly
A butterfly’s wings are one of nature’s most remarkable materials. These tiny but complex structures reflect light in such a way that specific wavelengths interfere with each other to create intensely vivid colors one could only find in nature. By carefully studying this process, engineers at Qualcomm have been able to mimic this effect, allowing them to develop a system that produces colored electronic screens that are extremely efficient and can be viewed under any light conditions.
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