077.R62.LittleDog’ Robot

LittleDog’ Robot. The Last Time we Saw the “LittleDog”, we Called him “Cute”. Now, here he is Nearly a Year Later and as you Can See, DARPA’s Experimental Robot Dog, Has Gotten a Lot More Graceful, Even Over the Rockiest of Terrain. Now, we Can Justifiably Call him Something between Uncanny and Scary. Most of the Time, this Smart Bot’s Lost his Cable Tail and Gone Wireless.


076.R61.Jumping robot

Jumping robot. Jumping and Rolling Robot Can Handle Any Terrain. Rhodri Armour, a PhD student from the University of Bath, has invented a robot that he hopes will be a model for future space exploration and land surveying robots. Called the Jollbot, it’s a spherical robot that rolls over smooth terrain and jumps “like a grasshopper” when it encounters obstacles.

071.R58.Omni whell

Omni wheels or poly wheels, similar to mecanum wheels, are wheels with small discs around the circumference which are perpendicular to the rolling direction. The effect is that the wheel will roll with full force, but will also slide laterally with great ease. These wheels are often employed in holonomic drive systems.
A platform employing three omni wheels in a triangular configuration is generally called Kiwi Drive. The Killough platform is similar; so named after Stephen Killough’s work with omnidirectional platforms at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Killough’s 1994 design used pairs of wheels mounted in cages at right angles to each other and thereby achieved holonomic movement without using true omni wheels.
They are often used in small robots. In leagues such as Robocup, many robots use these wheels to have the ability to move in all directions. Omni wheels are also sometimes employed as powered casters for differential drive robots to make turning faster. However, this design is not commonly used as it leads to Fishtailing.
Omniwheels combined with conventional wheels provide interesting performance properties, such as on a six wheel vehicle employing two conventional wheels on a center axle and four omniwheels on front and rear axles.

068.R55. Lazer SuperSkin

Skin biomimicry applied to helmet design.
With over 80% of fatal motorcycle accidents due to head trauma, rotational head injury is currently seen as the greatest cause of brain damage or death for motorcyclists involved in road accidents. Manufactured by Lazer Designs and designed by U.K.-based Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC), a new helmet design promises to protect cyclists by simulating the way the human skull protects itself from rapid rotational injury.
The new helmet, named SuperSkin, tackles this directly using a special new technology that mimics nature’s own simple design – skull and skin. Superior in design compared to standard helmets, stringent tests show that the SuperSkin product design reduces rotational impact by an unprecedented 50% and the subsequent possibility of brain damage by 67.5%…

067.R54. Robot biomimicry

Scientists at the University of California Berkeley are convinced they are offering a breakthrough in robot design. Their study of living organisms has offered insights which they’ve adapted to the world’s first robotic cockroach, or, Robo Roach. Graham discovers how the ingenuity of nature may help develop technology that could finally bring about the robot revolution.

065.R52. Cockroach

…These researchers have used biomimicry of the cockroach, one of nature’s most successful species, to design and build sprawl-legged robots that can move very quickly (up to five body-lengths per second). In addition, these robots are very good at manoeuvring in changing terrain, and can continue forward motion when encountering hip-height obstacles or uphill and downhill slopes of up to 24 degrees. These types of small, fast robots could potentially be used for military reconnaissance, bomb defusion and de-mining expeditions.
Biomimetic robots are even being considered by NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts for use in exploring the planet Mars. While these ideas are only in the brainstorming phase, many researchers believe that only robots designed based on insect models would be able to generate enough lift in Mars’ low-density atmosphere to take off, hover and land to explore the Red Planet. However, one must bear in mind that the fluid dynamics of small insects are very different from that of large robots. Since tiny organisms interact with their fluid environment at different Reynold’s numbers (a value indicating the viscosity of the fluid relative to the size of the organism), the air through which they fly is relatively more viscous than it would be for a larger organism, like swimming through molasses as opposed to water. As a result, one cannot be certain that a large scale model of insect flight would be able to interact with the air in the same way as a real insect to enable flight (this problem would also be worsened by the thin atmosphere on Mars)…

064.R51. Stickybot


Este robot escalador es la última versión de StickyBot de Stanford, pesa tres cientos gramos y puede subir un cristal a cuatro centímetros por segundo. Es impresionante como el robot suelta sus dedos del pie similar a como lo hacen las verdaderas salamandras. Uno de los problemas más grandes para los desarrolladores, ha sido tratar de emular los dedos del pie del animal los que naturalmente se adhieren a todo terreno.

061.R48. Control Solar. Biomimética

Análisis Solar, para demostrar el efecto de las costillas y espinas sobre el cactus. Realizado durante el solsticio de verano en Guadalajara, México. En la primera imagen, que tiene la forma del cactus sin la estructura de las costillas, se ve una gradación clara de luz solar de la cima al inferior, con la mayor protección en la parte inferior.
La segunda imagen muestra el efecto de las costillas en la luz solar directa. Claramente hay una mayor superficie protegida del sol en la parte inferior, así como significativas cerca de la cima; debido a la profundidad entre sus costillas.
La tercera imagen del cactus con las espinas, muestra una extensión similar de protección del sol alrededor de la base del cactus y los pequeños bolsillos de sombra en la base de las espinas. Cerca de la cima del cactus, donde hay mayor densidad de espinas, incrementa su auto – protección del sol. Claramente las costillas tienen un impacto directo sobre la protección del cactus de la luz solar directa.
Las espinas parecen no tener un impacto significativo en la protección del sol excepto cerca del ápice donde su densidad es mayor. En la actualidad, esta área también es cubierta de cabellos blancos que le proporcionan una cubierta más densa. Las costillas estructurales claramente tienen múltiples funciones.
Contiene el medio para realizar la fotosíntesis en el cactus, controla la extensión del volumen, y proporciona un cierto grado protección del sol a la parte inferior e interior de la planta.

060.R47. Control Estructural. Biomimética

La imagen superior muestra un diagrama de vector del cactus sin paredes celulares bajo la presión interna extrema. La mayor deformación está sobre la zona central de las costillas, ya que ellos tienen el área más amplia y son los más flexibles.
La imagen debajo es el cactus con las paredes celulares bajo la misma presión. Esta imagen no muestra la misma deformación, porque casi toda la tensión está siendo absorbida por la resistencia a la torsión de las paredes celulares.
Por lo tanto, la importancia de la estructura celular del Echinocactus Grusonii es determinante en el funcionamiento estructural de la planta, demostrando que la función primaria de las costillas es el control de la expansión y no el apoyo estructural.

059.R46. Solar Biomimicry

The flexible photovoltaics below not only capture the sun’s energy, but the flexibility of these photovoltaics permits energy to be collected from motion. The idea is taken from leaves moving in the wind. From the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. After all, thousands of years of evolution can’t be wrong: if a more efficient design for gathering solar energy lay in developing huge slabs (see most existing solar panels installed on houses these days), trees ought to produce a single huge leaf! However, as trees very elegantly demonstrate, there are multiple forces at work in nature beyond the mandate to collect solar energy.

058.R45. Biomimesis

Biomimesis o la innovación en diseño basada en la naturaleza.
La Biomimésis es el término más utilizado en literatura científica e ingeniería para hacer referencia al proceso de entender y aplicar a problemas humanos, soluciones procedentes de la naturaleza en forma de principios biológicos, biomateriales, o de cualquier otra índole. La naturaleza, el universo, le lleva al ser humano millones de años de ventaja en cualquier campo. Es por ello que es más ventajoso copiarla que intentar superarla, como es el caso del kevlar, incomparable a biotejidos como la tela de araña. Otro ejemplo simple, es la cabeza tractora de ciertos tren es de alta velocidad cuya forma es aerodinámica procedente de la forma de la cabeza de cierta especie de patos.

057.R44. Metamorfosis

Metamorfosis (biología). Se llama metamorfosis a un proceso biológico por el cual un animal se desarrolla desde su nacimiento (pasado el desarrollo embrionario) hasta la madurez por medio de grandes y abruptos cambios estructurales y fisiológicos. No sólo hay cambios de tamaño y un aumento del número de células sino que hay cambios de diferenciación celular. Muchos insectos, anfibios, moluscos, crustáceos, cnidarios, equinodermos y tunicados sufren metamorfosis, la cual generalmente está acompañada de cambios en hábitat y comportamiento.
En sentido científico este término no se refiere a cambios generalizados del aspecto de las células o a episodios de crecimiento rápido. En los mamíferos el término es de uso familiar, no científico y es más bien impreciso.

056.R43. Shape Memory Polymers

What is Shape Memory Polymer?
Shape memory polymer (SMP) has only been around for a couple of decades. It has applications from deploying objects in space to manufacturing dynamic molds. Unlike shape memory alloys, SMP exhibits a radical change from a normal rigid polymer to a very stretchy elastic and back on command, a change which can be repeated without degradation of the material. The “memory,” or recovery, quality comes from the stored mechanical energy attained during the reconfiguration and cooling of the material.