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Learning from animal sensors: the clever "design" of spider mechanoreceptors
Author(s): Friedrich G. Barth
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Paper Abstract

Three types of spider sensors responding to different forms of mechanical energy are chosen to illustrate the power of evolutionary constraints to fine-tune the functional "design" of animal sensors to the particular roles they play in particular behavioral contexts. As demonstrated by the application of computational biomechanics and a fruitful cooperation between biologists and engineers there are remarkable "technical" tricks to be found by which spider tactile sensors, airflow sensors, and strain sensors are adjusted to their biologically relevant stimulus patterns. The application of such "tricks" to technical solutions of measuring problems similar to those animals have to cope with, seems both realistic and very promising.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8339, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012, 833904 (3 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.902456
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Friedrich G. Barth, Univ. Wien (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8339:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Editor(s)

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