Biomimicry: innovation from the natural world
Photos by Whistler & Well, story by Grace Mueller
For the past few years, we have seen terms like biomimicry, biomimetics, and biological imitation begin to circulate in the social enterprise community. People and companies everywhere are beginning to understand and see the profoundness of what there is to learn from the natural world.
For those of you who haven’t heard all the buzz, biomimicry (bi-o-mim-ic-ry) is defined as the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled after elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. Since the popularization of the term in the late 90’s, biomimicry has since been used to create lasting environmental and sustainable products. In the right hands, biomimicry has incredible depth, immense value, and drastic potential to expand upon the current products we see in the world, opening the door for more innovative approaches to industry everywhere. For the outdoor industry especially, taking lessons from the natural world just makes sense.
Since the beginning of Kammok time (circa 2011), we have boasted in our products as inspired by animals in nature. Take the Kammok Koala, for example, an under quilt for warmth while using your hammock in the cold. Sound like any other Koala you know? Or check out the Kammok Dragonfly, an ultra-light 360 degree insect protection net. This net is similar to the common dragonfly, known for its appetite for flying insects (particularly mosquitoes).
This summer, we are continuing our nature inspired bio-innovation with the new Summer Collection. Officially introducing...the Wallaby hammock and Kuhli tarp!
Our first new product is named after the common wallaby, a small macropod found in Australia or New Guinea, belonging to the same taxonomic family as kangaroos. Though they are smaller in size and more lightweight than the larger kangaroo, wallabies pack the same punch (literally).
Kammok’s new Wallaby hammock proves that good things come in small packages, weighing in at 10 oz and holding a maximum of 400 lbs. Just as the wallaby is a smaller reflection of the kangaroo, our Wallaby was created to be the perfect size, shape, and feel.
The Ptychozoon kuhli, commonly known as a flying gecko, is a species of Asian gecko that possesses adaptations on its skin to adapt to whatever environment it might be in. Flaps on either side of its body, webbed feet, and a flattened tail allow this reptile to adhere to nearly any surface, with remarkable camouflage.
Like the flying gecko, our Kuhli tarp is versatile and adaptable to whatever environment you introduce it. With 16 reinforced guy-out points, there are endless possibilities of how you can use this product in the wild - or at home!
Test out our 2016 Summer Collection to experience our newest nature inspired gear for yourself! Or, win a free Wallaby + Kuhli by liking and sharing our video here.