Did you know that sharks inspired NASA boats and that butterflies inspired e-readers? If the answer is no, then check out this well-informed and educational infographic that can tell you everything you need to know, created by European Springs & Pressings LTD. The infographic that looks at some of the best examples of nature inspired biomimicry and provides lots of fun facts, such as how Velcro was designed after dogs fur and spy planes were modeled after bat wings.
Modeling the front-end of the Shinkansen after the beak of kingfishers, which dive from the air into bodies of water with very little splash to catch fish, resulted not only in a quieter train, but 15% less electricity use even while the train travels 10% faster.
A perfect example of good architecture not in a building:: Zaha Hadid Designs a Superyacht for shipbuilding company Blohm+Voss, reaching 128 meters in length, and a supporting structure resembling the organic ecosystem below. The form appears dynamic, resembling the flow of water. Paired with the clear, clean, and white coated aesthetics, this yacht fits right in with the water in which it glides across.
Velcro was invented by Swiss engineer George de Mestral in 1941 after he removed burrs from his dog and decided to take a closer look at how they worked. The small hooks found at the end of the burr needles inspired him to create the now ubiquitous Velcro.