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This article aims to introduce the reader to biology-inspired design, commonly referred to as biomimetic design or biomimicry; the study and imitation of nature's methods, mechanisms, and processes to solve human problems. Furthermore, biology-inspired design includes mimicry at many levels. We will not not discuss biosensors, devices that use specific biochemical reactions mediated by isolated substances to detect chemical compounds. Rather, the focus is on imitating nature by electrical and mechanical means without the incorporation of biological elements.
Date of Publication: November-December 2009