Compliant mechanisms offer advantages in: Part count, Production processes, Price, Precise motion, Performance, Proportions, Portability, Predictably.
First Known Photosynthetic AnimalE. chlorotica sea slugs can uptake chloroplasts from the alga Vaucheria litorea via epithelial cells lining the walls of their digestive system which allows them to gain energy from sunlight, like the alga does. …
Cutest robot ever.
Ant supercolonies can contain thousands of queen ants and cover thousands of square kilometres. Exactly how this has evolved and remains a stable strategy is not known.(via (1) Empire of the Ants - BBC Documentary HD - YouTube)
Two different-sized ant groups working together build larger and more complex nests than ant groups consisting of single-size ants.
Morphology-changing robots. Interesting early steps…(via Robot Melts Its Bones to Change How It Walks - IEEE Spectrum)
(via Robotic Fruit Fly Won’t Eat Your Fruit | Hackaday)
» PDLab – research into Parkinson’s Disease Bits and Blobs
Wireless, although still ‘tethered’ to a laser beam.(via The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off | UW News)
IDEA - nonverbal algorithm assembly instructions
(via 3D Printed Propellers Take to the Skies | Hackaday)
Soft-body manta ray-inspired bot uses surrounding water as one of the electrodes to contract silicone pockets of hydrogel that flap the wings. It’s speedy, strong, temperature robust, wireless and almost invisible. Developed by Tiefeng Li of Zh…
Computing with spider's webs: “It is known that spiders have sensitive mechanoreceptors on their legs that allow them to measure vibrations. Spiders also probe their webs by sending out vibrations and observing how it responds in form of vibration p…
3D scanned sandpit to 360 VR racetrack. Using AR to drive an RC car with onboard 360 camera around the sandpit would also be neat! Get your Cardboard in place to best view this.
This little fella it tough!(via World’s hardiest animal has evolved radiation shield for its DNA | New Scientist)