Airbus’ Bird of Prey aircraft concept features feather-tipped wings

Airbus has unveiled a bird-like concept for a hybrid-electric airliner that aims to show the potential of using biomimicry in aviation design. Inspired by the “efficient mechanics” of birds, Airbus’ Bird of Prey conceptual aircraft features wing and tail structures with individually controlled feather-like tips, which help with control while minimising drag. The concept also […]

MIT researchers engineer “cyborg” plants for motion-tracking and sending notifications

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s “cyborg botany” researchers have turned plants into sensors and displays, suggesting we use them as a gentle alternative to electronic screens. Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes from the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group have been researching how to merge plants and artificial electronics to create new interfaces. “Plants are normally […]

University of Stuttgart creates biomimetic pavilions based on sea urchins and beetle wings

The University of Stuttgart has continued its experiments into biomimicry and robotic construction with two pavilions at the Bundesgartenschau horticultural show in Germany. Both of the pavilions are built by robots and take the their forms from animals – a sweeping wooden pavilion has a shape based on sea urchins, while a fibre-composite pavilion takes its […]

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