Recent achievements in bionic implementations of insect structure and functions

Recent achievements in bionic implementations of insect structure and functions Purpose – Entomology is a useful tool when applied to engineering challenges that have been solved in nature. Especially when these special abilities of olfactory sensation, vision, auditory perception, fly, jump, navigation, chemical synthesis, exquisite structure and others were connected with mechanization, informationization and intelligentization of modern science and technology, and produced innumerable classical bionic products. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach – All kinds of special abilities of insects and application status have been described and discussed in order to summarize the advanced research examples and supply bibliographic reference to the latters. Future perspectives and challenges in the use of insect bionics were also given. Findings – In the period of life sciences and information sciences, insect bionics not only promoted the development of modern science and technology on the sides of mechanics, molecule, energy, information and control greatly but also provided new ideas and technologies for the crisis of science and technology, food, environment and ecosystem. Originality/value – It may provide strategies to solve the problems and be a source of good ideas for researchers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Kybernetes Emerald Publishing

Recent achievements in bionic implementations of insect structure and functions

Kybernetes, Volume 43 (2): 18 – Feb 25, 2014

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0368-492X
DOI
10.1108/K-09-2013-0192
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Abstract

Purpose – Entomology is a useful tool when applied to engineering challenges that have been solved in nature. Especially when these special abilities of olfactory sensation, vision, auditory perception, fly, jump, navigation, chemical synthesis, exquisite structure and others were connected with mechanization, informationization and intelligentization of modern science and technology, and produced innumerable classical bionic products. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach – All kinds of special abilities of insects and application status have been described and discussed in order to summarize the advanced research examples and supply bibliographic reference to the latters. Future perspectives and challenges in the use of insect bionics were also given. Findings – In the period of life sciences and information sciences, insect bionics not only promoted the development of modern science and technology on the sides of mechanics, molecule, energy, information and control greatly but also provided new ideas and technologies for the crisis of science and technology, food, environment and ecosystem. Originality/value – It may provide strategies to solve the problems and be a source of good ideas for researchers.

Journal

KybernetesEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 25, 2014

Keywords: Vision; Action research; Navigation; Biology; Insects; Auditory perception; Fly and jump; Olfactory sensation; Chemical synthesis; Exquisite structure; Bionics; High‐tech products

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    Mahjoub, H.; Byl, K.
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    Sawyer, B.F.; Richard, M.M.
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    Zhang, T.G.; Wu, H.Y.; Borst, A.; Kuhnlenz, K.; Buss, M.

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