Bionics (also: Biomimicry, Biomimetics, Biomimese) deals with the decoding of "inventions of living nature" and their innovative implementation in technology. It is an interdisciplinary field in which scientists and engineers, as well as representatives of other disciplines such as architects and designers work together.

The English term bionics was coined by US Air Force major Jack E. Steele 1960 at a conference at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The German cue word bionics is composed of biology and technology and expresses how principles can be used for technical applications derived from biology. Bionics is the systematic learning of nature and thus stands in contrast to pure natural inspiration.

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