Topic: biomimicry

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Luxo Jr. Pencil Test: Emotional storytelling in wire frames

How do animators make a character lovable when the character doesn't have a face and doesn't speak? How can you build a relatable story with something as minimal as a computer generated pencil test? How do you communi...

ScienceTake: The secrets of a sidewinder snake on a sandy slope

If you've ever run up a sandy hill, you know it can be tough to get up it quickly -- each foot sinking and sliding as you climb upward. Sidewinder snakes, however, can slither up hills rather efficiently, even in comp...

MIT’s electric cheetah-bot runs offleash

Quiet, efficient, and powerful: MIT's robotic cheetah has a "custom-designed, high-torque-density" electric motor, and can run and jump around without being tethered to an external power source. It's also looking ...

Bionic Kangaroo

Festo HQ, the engineering team that brought us Aqua Penguins, Aqua Jellyfish, dragonfly-inspired BionicOpters, and a robot that flies like a bird can now add Bionic Kangaroo to their list of...

Boy gets prosthetic hand made by 3-D printer

"When I outgrow a hand, we can easily make a new one," explains 12-year-old Leon McCarthy of his "cyborg" hand. His path into this specialized technology began when his father Paul found a video of 5-year-old Liam Dip...

Wheeko: A snake robot that could explore Mars

Something every Mars Rover might need in the future: Snake robots that wiggle and roll to propel themselves around on passive wheels, gathering visual information with a camera along the way. This snake-bot is called ...

The cheetah-cub robot

Small, light, and quick, the cheetah-cub robot is a robust little experiment in robotics and biomechanics from EPFL, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. Fr...

Seahorse’s Armor Gives Engineers Insight Into Robotics Designs

What can we learn from a tiny seahorse that might help us make stronger robotics or armor in the future? UCSD Materials Science Ph.D. student Michael Porter explains what his team has learne...

Festo: A Dragonfly-inspired BionicOpter

Watch Festo HQ team's new dragonfly-inspired BionicOpter:  With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like its m...

The secret design and movement of slithering snakes

From Science Nation, mathematician and mechanical engineer David Hu studies the design and movement of slithering snakes: Snakes certainly make it look easy when they slither forward, leaving perfect S-curve track...

The world’s most advanced prosthetic limb

A father who lost his arm in an accident six years ago has been given a new lease of life by a hi-tech bionic hand which is so precise he can type again. Nigel Ackland, 53, has been fitted with the Terminator-like c...

How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation

How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation: …we human beings, who have been trying to make things for only the blink of an evolutionary eye, have a lot to learn from the long proc...

Boston Dynamic’s Cheetah Robot

Cheetah Robot is a fast-running quadruped developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA. It just blazed past its previous speed record, getting up to 28.3 mph, about 0.5 mph faster ...

The Helping Hand: Daniel’s custom-made, prosthetic arm

The Helping Hand is a story about Daniel, who is super into dinosaurs, how things are made, and just running around goofing off. Siemens.com is currently showcasing Daniel’s story, by filmmakers Z. Murphy & ...

Festo HQ’s robot animals: penguins, jellyfish, and more

Have you seen the robot AquaPenguin, from the Festo HQ team's Bionic Learning Network in Germany? It comes complete with glowing robot eyes! Other great videos to check out from Festo: AquaRay, AirRay, AirPenguin, ...

A Robot That Flies Like A Bird

This TED Talk, A Robot That Flies Like A Bird, blew the minds of both me and my co-curator when we watched it. I had some explaining to do re: robot bird vs real bird, gears, sensors, motors, etc, (and at the five min...