What is Biomimicry?

Navigation Technology of GPS (Global Positioning System) can not functioning properly in the room. Therefore, scientists develop other navigation technology that can be used indoors, for example WPS (Wi-Fi Positioning System). This technology utilizes the earth’s magnetic field. Did you know, the scientists get an idea of this technology from ​​what animal? Here are the explanation.

Biomimicry - Learn from Turtle for WPS

Biomimicry – Learn from Turtle for creating WPS

Imitate The Nature

The idea of navigation technology utilizing the earth’s magnetic field are came from the turtle. Sea turtles have a sort of compass in the nose that can detect the Earth’s magnetic field. Thanks to their ability to detect the Earth’s magnetic field, so turtles can navigate or determine the direction of his journey in the vast ocean.

Incredible, the ability of sea turtle. Therefore, no wonders if the scientists learn and then imitate it. Yes, the idea of human-made technology is often originated from animals, plants, and nature. Well, that’s called biomimicry. That is, humans mimic nature to deal with difficult problems or challenges.

Find Out More

The examples of biomimicry are amazing. Do you want to know more? You can peeked at “Wild But True” series that aired on Discovery Kids. In this TV series, we are invited to get to know a wide range of biomimicry with Robert Irwin and a brave 11 years old and his friend, Isabel Yamasaki. They show that biomimicry not only make human life easier. Biomimicry can also make the Earth greener and safer.

Biomimicry Kingfisher and Bullet Train

Biomimicry Kingfisher and Bullet Train

The Shinkansen Bullet Train was the fastest train in the world, traveling 200 miles per hour. The problem is Noise. Air pressure changes produced large thunder claps every time the train emerged from a tunnel, causing residents one-quarter a mile away to complain. Scientist then learns from kingfisher birds how to break through boundaries.

Turtles, birds, lizards, butterflies, kangaroos, and millions of other animals, it may be an idea to humans solve various problems. Come, see the nature around you, is there biomimicry do you know?



navigation is all about figuring out how to get somewhere; the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place


Global Positioning System has applications beyond navigation and location determination. GPS can be used for cartography, forestry, mineral exploration, wildlife habitation management, monitoring the movement of people and things and bringing precise timing to the world.


WPS is combine cell phone tower triangulation and GPS to provide reliable and accurate position data under a wide range of conditions, including among tall buildings and indoors, when GPS signals may be weak or intermittent.


utilize means put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose


compass is navigational instrument for finding directions


determine is find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort


vast means unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope


journey is the act of traveling from one place to another


imitate is appear like, as in behavior or appearance


originate is a verb that means to start or create something


overlay is humans mimic nature to deal with difficult problems or challenges


mimic means constituting an imitation


peek means throw a glance at; take a brief look at


thunder is a booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning


clap is a sudden very loud noise


to emerge means to come out into view or come forth


resident is someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there


to complain is to express your unhappiness about something


boundary is the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

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