By studying how animals move we are able to achieve significant improvements in the performance and efficiency of vehicles in water, air, and ground travel.
We are interested in questioning key assumptions – the propeller as the universal solution to propulsion through water and air, the wheel over land.
Observation & Analysis
Inspiration comes from analysis of systems that exist in nature. Recent advances in computational analysis allow us to build deep insights into how performance gains are achieved.
Development in our Lab is via iterative design and testing, using a diverse set of skills and technical insights. We iteratively make and test systems, combining the latest electronics, design software and materials to optimise overall results.
Click below for highlights on some of the projects we are working on.
A small scale drone based on a dragonfly. Flapping propulsion offers significant gains over traditional multi-copter drone designs, enabling the vehicle to tolerate higher winds, achieve lower power consumption and increased range.
A flapping propulsion water-based vehicle. Building on scientific insight into fish and cetacean movement is leading to efficiency improvements over traditional propeller designs.