How can beetle surface geometry help us capture water from the air?
Strategy — The bioSEA team has created tiles by mimicking the geometry of the beetle native to the Namibian Desert. The beetle has tiny bumps on its back that increase the speed of water droplet formation as the beetle ‘fog basks’ to drink water out of fog in its foggy desert home. This pattern has been mimicked at the appropriate scale and tested across various bump shapes and sizes that optimizes condensation and is easy to manufacture. These tiles help with humidity control and water capture and can be deployed across climates.