Scientists who work for a company called NBD have been inspired by the Namib Beetle as a self-filling water bottle. This is what Biomimicry is all about. The Namib Desert in southern Africa is believed to be the world oldest desert and one of the most arid areas of our planet, receiving only 1.4 centimeters of rain yearly. Namib Desert Beetles Published by Nancy Cheng on September 30, 2011 My initial research into biomimicry has been focused on the desert beetles’ ability to collect water in extremely arid environments. The Namib Desert Beetle was the inspiration for starting the company. Namibia is a country located in South-West Africa. You would think this wee insect would shrivel up like a raisin and die. The Namib desert beetle has an outer shell riddled with bumps, which allows it to trap water vapors present on foggy days. The African Namib Desert Beetle is popular for the way it rolls and collects poop. However, the insect is also a master at collecting water. Architect collective makes use of biomimicry, 3D printing, virtual reality, and the use of recycled materials. The beetle is able to survive by collecting water on its bumpy back surface from early morning fogs. image caption The Namib Desert beetle harvests moisture from the air to survive. The Namib Desert Beetle has a neat trick for slaking its thirst in desert conditions. The founders of NBD set out to do Biomimicry and transfer the beetle’s shell properties to ordinary product surfaces. The Namib Desert beetle is a source of inspiration for achieving this goal. Since our founding, we have built on what we have learned from the Namib beetle to develop new and innovative products. The Namibian Desert Beetle inspired invention of new water collection technique from fog. The tiny Namib Desert beetle lives in a region that only gets 2-200mm of rainfall a year. In this harsh conditions the Namib Desert beetle has evolved to be a skilled fog water collector, so skilled that is now a guide and an inspiration source for many new inventions. The idea is borrowed from a beetle that lives in the desert and is able to keep itself alive by trapping water on its body, the Namib or Darkling beetle. However, it knows how to keep itself hydrated, by condensing fog on its ridged back, turning it into drinkable droplets, and storing it away. Stenocara gracilipes is a species of beetle that is native to the Namib Desert in southern Africa. Namib Beetle Biomimicry Scientists are trying to develop a way to bring water to dryer places such as the Namib Desert. Such a technique of harnessing water would be both environmentally friendly and a revolutionary way of harvesting water particularly in the dry areas where it is scarce. only innovative thinkers need apply. This is one of the most arid areas of the world, receiving only 1.4 centimetres (0.55 in) of rain per year. Along its coastline lies the Namib Desert, which is mostly uninhabited by humans because it is so arid.