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Sensors and actuators inherent in biological species
Author(s): Minoru Taya; Rainer Stahlberg; Fanghong Li; Ying Joyce Zhao
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Paper Abstract

This paper addresses examples of sensing and active mechanisms inherent in some biological species where both plants and animals cases are discussed: mechanosensors and actuators in Venus Fly Trap and cucumber tendrils, chemosensors in insects, two cases of interactions between different kingdoms, (i) cotton plant smart defense system and (ii) bird-of-paradise flower and hamming bird interaction. All these cases lead us to recognize how energy-efficient and flexible the biological sensors and actuators are. This review reveals the importance of integration of sensing and actuation functions into an autonomous system if we make biomimetic design of a set of new autonomous systems which can sense and actuate under a number of different stimuli and threats.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 April 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6529, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2007, 652902 (5 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.723566
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Minoru Taya, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Rainer Stahlberg, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Fanghong Li, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Ying Joyce Zhao, B&D Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6529:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2007
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Victor Giurgiutiu, Editor(s)

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