More from wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomimetics
Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems. The termbiomimicry and biomimetics come from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate. Other terms often used are bionics, bio-inspiration, and biognosis.
More from wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomimicry
My personal thoughts and reflections:
After watching the NatureTech videos, I feel that as teachers and students who are in the field
of Design and Technology, we need to be more observant on nature and really appreciate the beauty of how different animals, plants, humans and other organisms move, eat, live, reproduce, survive, interact with one another in this big ecosystem we call Earth. Nature has been around way before mankind and I believe that every organism has its benefits for mankind to ponder and researched upon to continuously unravel the mysteries of life and improve the way of life for humans, be it in the field of medicine, architecture, transport, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, product design, industrial design, materials engineering, fashion, the list is endless. I believe this is the future of design and technology, as our planet Earth is dying, due to Global warming and pollution, it is time for mankind to relook, learn, unlearn and relearn about nature and work together to produce sustainable designs that will slow down our ageing home called Earth.
To be continued.