Inspiration from Nature #1<br />Hissing Cockroach Mites<br />Commensalism with cockroaches<br />Live on the cockroach and take food<br />Provide no benefit to cockroaches<br />Concentrated around legs<br />Androlaelapsschaeferi<br /> Madagascar Hissing Cockroach <br />
Inspiration from Nature #2<br /><ul><li>Luminescence vs. incandescence (light bulbs).
Some animals: make own luciferin-luciferase light reaction
Others use bacteria creating a symbiotic relationship.</li></ul>Vibrio fischeri<br />A 15,000-square-kilometer milky sea off the coast of Africa, discovered in 2005, was visible from space.<br />
Inspiration from Science<br />Nanobots<br />Robots on the scale of 10-9 meters<br />Designed to perform small tasks<br />Detection of particles<br />Clean-upof chemicals<br />Delivering medicine in the body<br />Designed to work in swarms<br />Research still in early stages<br />
Inspiration from the Everyday<br />Building Maintenance<br />2009: 147 people died in U.S. performing maintenance<br />Expensive: $121,000 daily to maintain the Jin Mao Tower (Shanghai)<br />Turning to tech: 6 robots clean Sears Tower windows<br />