This homepage is the Biomimetics website of the JPL's NDEAA Technologies Lab
My related books are as follows:
· The book about humanlike robots entitled “The Coming Robot Revolution - Expectations and Fears About Emerging Intelligent, Humanlike Machines,” can be ordered from Springer, or Amazon.com, or Barnes and Noble.com,
· The book entitled "Biomimetics – Biologically Inspired Technologies" can be ordered from Barnes and Noble.com, amazon.com, CRC Press, AnyBook4Less.com and in a list of other websites where the book can be purchased is available at allbookstores.com
· The book "Biologically-Inspired Intelligent Robots" can be ordered online from SPIE Press or alibris.com, Barnes & Noble Borders Amazon.com, and in a list of other websites where the book can be purchased
· The book on Artificial Muscles: "Electroactive Polymer (EAP) Actuators as Artificial Muscles - Reality, Potential and Challenges," can be ordered from Barnes & Noble, Borders Amazon.com, and in a list of other where the book can be purchased
Nature is the largest laboratory that ever existed and ever will. In addressing its challenges through evolution Nature tested every field of science and engineering leading to inventions that work well and last. Nature has “experimented” with various solutions and over billions of years it has improved the successful ones. It has always served as a model for mimicking and inspiration to humans in their efforts to improve their life. Adapting mechanisms and capabilities from nature and using scientific approaches led to effective materials, structures, tools, mechanisms, processes, algorithms, methods, systems and many other benefits. The subject of copying, imitating, and learning from biology was coined Biomimetics by Otto H. Schmitt in 1969. This field is increasingly involved with emerging subjects of science and engineering and it represents the studies and imitation of nature's methods, designs and processes. Biologically inspired technologies are making it possible to consider developing such devices as prosthetics that feel and operate like the "real thing" as well as engineering robots that look and behave as human and animals. Mimicking Nature involves many challenges and requires significant technology advances. To promote advances in the field of electroactive polymers (EAP) that is know as artificial muscles, Dr. Bar-Cohen, JPL, posed in 1999 an armwrestling challenge for a match between human and a robotic arm that is driven by these materials.
In August 2002, this homepage was selected by Biomat.com as one of the top 5.
Plants as inspiring model for active (Nastic) structures
action making various facial expressions, Cynthia Breazeal, MIT
Hanson Robotics, Inc. He presented his latest android head at the Wired Magazine's Next Fest in June 2005.
"Creepy Crawlers May Unravel Web of Planetary Mysteries" (JPL, Dec. 18, 2002)
Creatures and plants that offer a useful model
Blowing In the Wind -- Seeds & Fruits Dispersed By Wind
Publications and Announcements
"Making Science Fiction an Engineering Reality Using Biologically-Inspired Technologies," 2002 Lester Honor Lecture, Keynote Presentation, Materials Evaluation, January 2003
Inspired Intelligent Robotics," Paper 5051-02, Proceedings of the SPIE
Smart Structures Conf.,
Journal of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics - Learning from nature
Encyclopedia - Wikipedia - Biologically-inspired computing
"Biologically Inspired Intelligent Robots Using Artificial Muscles," Keynote presentation, Proceedings of the ICMEMS Conf. held in Banff, Alberta, Canada, July 20 - July 23, 2003
Biomaterials Network: Biomat.net
Sensors Network, Australian Research Council,
Centre for Biomimetic and Natural Technologies, the University of
Network for Industrial Sustainability (BIONIS), Biomimetics: Design
inspired by nature,
Androids – Humanoid robots - Rob Knights robotic company,
Biomimetics, New Zealand Inc.
Biologically Inspired Robotics Group - EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Center for Biologically Inspired Designs
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