In 1989, Japan’s Shinkansen Bullet Train had a problem. It was really fast, pushing 170 miles per hour. But every time it exited a tunnel, it created a loud sonic boom that disrupted surrounding residential neighborhoods. So an engineering team was brought in to design a quieter, faster and more efficient train. And they had a secret weapon: the general manager of the technical development department was a birdwatcher. 99% Invisible teamed up with Vox to bring you this video story of how biomimicry is reshaping the world of design
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Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.