To mimic the responsive behaviour of a pine cone
Elaine Ng Yan Ling
‘Techno Naturology’ is an interactive textile collection that merges smart artificial technology (shape memory materials) with natural wood and fibres to mimic the responsive behaviour of a pine cone. This sensing system imitates the opening and closing of the pine scales in response to changes in levels of temperature and humidity. Here, the movements are engineered to a fine degree of precision with programmable micro controller and sensors.
‘Techno Naturology’ offers a tangible link between craft, architecture and engineering, using high-tech smart materials in combination with the technology of nature.
This collection of smart architectural surfaces provides strength, flexibility, transformability and weather responsive systems. ‘Techno Naturology’ offers a tangible link between craft, architecture and engineering, using high-tech smart materials in combination with what has been on offer for the past 3.8 billion years of evolution – the technology of nature. As such this project aims at fostering models of biomimicry as sustainable templates for future design.
As a TED Fellow, Elaine presented ‘Techno-Naturology: The secret life of textiles’ at the Ted Global Conference 2012, in Edinburgh, UK.