Top-Flower-TechnologiesFlowers aren't just beautiful but they are also a source of inspiration for the modern bio technologies and nanotechnologies. Their amazing abilities have been studied by interdisciplinary groups of researchers and useful technologies have been developed from the intersection of flowers and technologies. We will present in this article the top 8 flower technologies.

1. Nanoflowers that help for improving vision

People with ocular diseases can benefit from developing electronic chips based on digital camera technology that can restore their eyesight. However, it has been challenging until recently to connect the healthy nerves to the chips.

The physics professor Richard Taylor from the University of Oregon is working on developing "nanoflowers" that can help in connecting the electronic chips with the human nerves. The artificial neurons created by the physics professor feature fractal shapes inspired by the patterns found in nature.

2. Robotic flowers

Robotic flowers have been developed by the computer company ASUS, from Taipei. The Florabots feature sound and motion detection that allows them to respond to exterior stimulus. They can sway to music, alight, and awaken other robotic flowers in their vicinity. This is a demonstration of the congruence of science and art.

3. New materials

The characteristics of some flowers such as the Lotus flower inspired researchers in creating new materials with improved performance. The Lotus flower has a superhydrophobic surface, meaning that the water droplets just bounce off from the flower’s petals. Other flowers, such as Roses, can cling to droplets even when the flowers are upside down. By studying the surfaces of these flowers scientists were able to design effective new waterproof materials with effective non-adhesive surfaces.

4. Floral windmills

The architects from NL Architects firm, based in Amsterdam, are inspired by the flowers’ design in creating wind turbines that are more silent and stronger. A flower inspired design for wind turbines is less obtrusive and would be more easily accepted in our towns. The Dutch architecture firm is planning to develop flower shaped wind turbines for cities such as London and Rome.

5. Flowers as a source of biofuel

The flower of a mustard relative called camelina is grown for producing biofuel. The seeds of the plant are extremely oily and make a good fuel source. A company called Sustainable Oils even received support from the U.S. military for its research on efficient ways of using camelina for developing aviation fuel.

 6. Biomedicine inspired by flowers

The cells of the pollen grains contain some internal hydrostatic systems, which allow them to survive dry air exposure while traveling to the female pistil. The pollen grains fold onto themselves in the air and self heal. Researchers have been inspired by their characteristics to develop artificial pollen like particles that would contain medicine and can be inhaled in order to quickly transfer to the blood stream once they are inside your body.

7. Artificial flagrances

Scientists are studying the volatile organic compounds that are found in floral flagrances in order to create artificial flagrances that can work on combating invasive plants. Floral scents contain over 30 active compounds that are interacting with the olfactory sensors of other plants and animals. Decoding the mysteries of the flower scents could also help in understanding the impacts of environmental changes to our planet.

8. Flowers for better packaging

Natural evolutions made flowers to develop high performance packaging solutions for their seeds in order to fertilize and help surviving and spreading in their natural environments. Flowers need to make sure that their seeds fall to the ground and are well protected until finding the proper conditions to grow a new plant. The research studies on pollen grains can find practical applications in developing better packaging solutions. The way a pollen grain folds at temperature changes can be copied for designing shell packaging that can automatically respond to temperature changes, as well.

This post has been contributed by Sara Marie. She loves to write about various aspects of Technology and Home Improvement. She recommends alltimeflowers.com for providing best quality of silk calla lilies.