Challenges and inventive solutions in living nature
Biomimetics or Biomimicry becomes more and more popular now – everyone wants to borrow ideas from living nature to improve products or just to be closer to nature. Living creatures are incredibly diverse and often it is difficult to decide where to find the source of the right ‘lesson’ to learn from and how to make the correct choice from the variaty of "answer" that we get from biologys. Our answer is simple – make a model of your challenge and get the models of the solutions from similar challenges from biology. Read more about how to create the model of your challenge in the “Inventor’s Manual”. To make the biomimetic design reliable and teachable we have developed special systematic inventive method, which we called BioTRIZ. In our Blogs, we will give you examples of how BioTRIZ works in translation from biology to technology.
You will be surprised, but here is an “alphabet” for inventive solutions! – Forty Inventive Principles, which were initially formulated in engineering, but we discovered them in biology as well! When animals, plants or other creatures need to resolve some difficult or even “unsolvable” problem they use the same inventive pattern(s) as all inventors do. Moreover, there are only 40 patterns for inventive solutions that can resolve most of the inventive challenges on a win-win basis.
How to travel if the conditions are challening?
In this blog we will discuss what solutions from living nature are available if we want to move fast but all around is shaky and wobbly and nothing to lean on? Is it possible at all? – Yes, that is possible. The solution was found by monkeys and apes. When branches are too thin they they go UNDER the branches,hang down and swing!
This locomotion is called brachiation: the body of an animal works as a pendulum and the springy branches accelerate the motion as an elastic springboard. Here we see the manifestat..
Why leaves of a rowan-tree, some parasites from guts and .... teeth are similar? Because they have similar inventive answer to similar challenge –SEGMENTTION. Segmentation improves the flexibility, adaptability and reliability of a system.
Segmentation involves weakening the connections between elements, changing the parameters of links between elements, splitting a system into independent parts, making a system dismountable, or by making a continuous process discrete (breaking a task or activity into smaller parts that are easier to solve or deal wi..
Travelling in the mountains without an effort.
Can you imagine travelling in the mountains and hills without the need to go up or down? –How to reduce the gravity impact, make heavy things less heavy, climb up without climbing, lifting things without lifting? Sounds impossible? This is exactly how all inventive challenge look like.
Mountain sheep show us the inventive solution. Sheep strive to keep the same altitude when grazing on the slopes of the hills. The result of this behaviour is that all paths of these animals are practically at horizontal position. Mountain sheep us..
People always dream to fly like birds, to swim like dolphins, to see at night like owls… As our bodies are not “designed” for this, we use tools and machines - airplanes, submarines, night-vision devices. With such tools we can go to places where humans are not supposed to feel comfortable or survive at all - outer space, deep sea, micro world. We fantasise about seeing invisible, hearing what we cannot hear, go to places where humans never been, to be capable of doing something incredible, what humans have never done before. All science fiction books are about th..