20 November 2017

Bullet Trains and Birds

In the late 80s the designers of Japan’s bullet train had a problem – the train made shockwaves when exiting tunnels that could be heard over 450 meters away. Not ideal when travelling through densely-populated suburban areas.

The solution came from engineer Eiji Nakatsu who looked to his passion in birdwatching to find a solution – specifically the shape of the kingfisher’s beak.

There are examples of ‘biomimicry’ everywhere, from the design of self-cleaning paint, software and even entire ecosystems.

Sometimes solutions come from the weirdest places…