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Surprising tech inspired by nature

There are a lot of emerging technologies that have been inspired by nature and are found to be practical and functional. You may be surprised to find that some of the hardware or peripherals used for managed computer services or a medical treatment device have been inspired by nature.

At the University of Southhampton, researchers are developing color displays for electronic reading devices and taking inspiration from a very unlikely source- butterflies. Technology firm Qualcomm developed the first prototype of a full-color and video-friendly e-reader using a display technology called Mirasol which was patterned off the vibrant and dynamic properties of butterfly wings.

It works by reflecting light from an external source rather than from behind the screen. This makes the devices readable in bright sunlight and increases battery life significantly.

The silk of a spider web has been found to be one of the strongest materials in nature, it is known to be five times stronger than steel when compared by weight. It is lightweight, resilient, and sticks to most surfaces.

This is why scientists are developing a flexible tape using the silk’s properties for use in medicine that can be peeled off a wound without causing damage to the tissue underneath. It will find its uses for attaching tubes or sensors for use in newborn babies or people with sensitive skin.

Desert Beetle
A unique beetle that is commonly found in deserts has a unique property that collects water by condensing moisture from fog which forms into droplets and all this occurs on the creature’s back.

The Namib Desert Beetle has special ridges on its back that inspired researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a material that collects liquids in the same way as the beetle does. The technology finds a lot of purposes that could benefit, among others, IT consulting services by being able to make a computer network on a single chip or develop dynamic cooling devices.

The US military is also looking into the technology finding its use in cleaning up toxic spills.