Apple has already announced they will not be present at MacWorld 2010 which leaves many wondering where the next big idea will come from. The Washington Post is reporting that the latest in technology is not necessarily appearing in the form of computers and you might be surprised where they’re finding it. Biomimicry is the study of nature’s patterns followed by the the emulate of these processes to provide more successful and efficient products. Scientists have been working to improve this technology in the hopes that it could be the answer to all of the world’s problems, both big and small. Whether it is a whale inspiring the improvement of wind turbines or windows that wash themselves based off the reaction of a lotus leaf to water, companies on the forefront of biomimicry technology such as the Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives Foundation are making the most of what nature provides.
Those involved in the research believe that for years scientists have been moving in the wrong direction when it comes to working with the planet we live on. Those in favor of biomimicry are opposed to the genetic tweaking that has been the practice for the last decade and instead focus on the genius of nature on its own. While the practice is complex and requires a good amount of research in addition to innovative design, the thought process is quite simple; if nature has been around longer than any cars, buildings or even humans, it must be doing something right.
Source: Washington Post