We present the BioM Innovation Database, the first of its kind containing detailed information about global biomimetic activity. We present a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the database to address the following questions: (1) Are products, which are identified as being the result of biologically inspired design (BID), actually BID and to what extent do they use biomimicry terminology in their descriptions by the designers? (2) To what extent do BID products mimic the forms, processes and interactions of biological systems? (3) To what extent do BID products exploit the scale and range of biological systems? (4) What patterns of design practice can we learn from successful BID practitioners?
“Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?” The BioM Innovation Database
Contributed by the Design Theory and Methodology Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received January 24, 2014; final manuscript received July 27, 2014; published online October 8, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Daniel A. McAdams.
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Jacobs, S. R., Nichol, E. C., and Helms, M. E. (October 8, 2014). "“Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?” The BioM Innovation Database." ASME. J. Mech. Des. November 2014; 136(11): 111101. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4028171
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