Beetle Inspired Self-Filling Water Bottle?

Previously, I posted about the Stenocara Beetle of the Namib Desert and its ability to collect water droplets on its cuticle (post with video). Water vapor condenses and forms droplets on the super-hydrophobic exoskeleton, then rolls down hydrophilic channels to the beetle’s mouth.

Stenocara Beetle Photo: Photo: Moongateclimber/Wikipedia Commons

NBD Nano is a new company of recent college graduates trying to bring the beetle technology to market in the form of a self-filling water bottle. One of the company founders learned about the beetle and its adaptation for water collection in an Entomology class. The project is currently only a concept, not yet reduced to practice or commercialized. However, nano-technology and nano-fabrication are improving our ability to mimic nature. Expect an exciting array of new insect inspired products in the next decade.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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