Viewing a solar plant from above, one would be perplexed why the solar arrays are arranged in the manner seen above — not circular nor symmetrical. The purpose behind this orientation is to mimic the layout of the petals of a flower, which enables more solar arrays to be packed more tightly together and reduces the necessary area to house these arrays by 20% — all without impacting the plant’s output.
The nose of the Shinkansen bullet train employed in Japan is also a product of biomimicry. Before the train’s redesign, the Shinkansen was under scrutiny as many people complained of the sonic boom that the trains produced due to its tremendous speeds. The solution came in the form of the beak of a Kingfisher bird capable of diving into water without making a splash. The revised Shinkansen resolved the previously mentioned complaint and improved the train’s speed due to less air resistance.
The ‘Biology’ of Horizon Zero Dawn – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seu7V91vxAo&t=656s&ab_channel=CuriousArchive
Biomimicry perhaps shines the most in creative media, where the level of imitation is substantially large. In Horizon: Zero Dawn, the most recognizable aspect of the game is the Machines: robotic organisms that imitate not only their organic inspiration in appearance but also their behavior. Whether it be sneaking through tall grasses to ambush a herd of unsuspecting Grazers or fending off a Sawtooth as it lunges with its metallic claws and fangs, players who engage in the open landscape of this game can observe a plethora of different Machines interacting with the environment in organic manners — albeit altered due to the setting of the game.
Spoiler Warning for Avatar: The Way of Water – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B9TaVOkMO8&t=11s&ab_channel=manuelquiero
Another instance would be the SMP-2 Crab Suit employed by the RDA from Avatar: The Way of Water. While the screen time of this aquatic mech suit was little, the few scenes it had left a lasting impression on viewers due to its unique form that mimics… a crab. Yet, the suit does not share the limitations of its organic counterpart as it can easily glide through bodies of water when it retracts all its appendages into its chassis and moves with its inducted propellers in the rear.
The fascination with these designs in media can ultimately be boiled down to how efficiently artists and designers can replace bones and flesh for steel and cables without compromising the familiar identity of the animal it was inspired from. While biomimicry may not be as grandiose in real-life applications compared to the creative liberties done in media regarding aesthetics, it nevertheless molds the form that the design will take.
Additional Leonardo da Vinci’s Info: https://huckleberryfineart.com/decoding-natures-secrets-lessons-from-leonardo-da-vincis-observations-of-birds/ https://www.power-technology.com/features/biomimicry-wind-turbine-tubercle-heliotrope-power-technology-research-design/?cf-view&cf-closed