Biomimicry is an innovative approach that seeks sustainable solutions to challenges faced by humans. The approach emulates time-tested patterns and strategies seen in nature. The ultimate goal of biomimicry is to create processes, products, and policies and devise new ways of living that are well-adapted to life on earth over a long period.
The first flying machines were inspired by eagles and owls and paved the way for technologies like planes and jets. The invention of Velcro was inspired by the hooks on burrs when they were examined under the microscope by George de Mestral, the inventor of Velcro. He observed that the small hooks on the burr allowed it to adhere quite well.
By designing and producing systems, materials, and architecture that are based on biological processes and materials, we work to strike a balance with nature.
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NBD Nanotechnologies is a Boston based startup that was founded in 2012 and has received close to $12 million in funding. NBD stands for Namib Beetle Design. As the name suggests, the startup is inspired by the Namibian desert beetle; an insect that is able to harvest fog (water) in the Namibian desert by using hydrophobic and hydrophilic areas on its body. NBD Nano calls it “surface wetability” and have applied it in their own technology under the trademark “The InvisiPrint” that hides the fingerprints on metal and glass surfaces.
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