24 Jan '15, 7pm

Nature inspires designs for future displays, networks and solar panels

Nature inspires designs for future displays, networks and solar panels

Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays. Researchers at the Department of Physics at Boston College were inspired by spider webs and the veins of leaves to design new optoelectrical networks for touchscreen, display, and solar-cell technology that can achieve better performance than contemporary solutions, they said. The strength of spider webs and the efficiency of transport by leaf veins provided ideas for how to build the networks that transport electric current more efficiently and are more robust than technology currently used, Andrzej Herczynski, a research associate professor who worked on the project, told Design Ne...

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