Product design, nature's way

Eons of evolution have honed plant and animal life into the most intricately engineered things on the planet. Now a new breed of inventor is reverse-engineering Mother Earth's marvels and turning them into remarkable real-world products.

The fish that flies
The fish that flies
The Inventor: Dieter Gürtler (lead concept engineer)

The company: DaimlerChrysler

The innovation: An ultra-aerodynamic concept car

The inspiration: The shape and skeletal structure of the boxfish

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