Such a simplistic and adaptable creation – the bird’s foot!
I think it is remarkable that birds’ feet are such amazing pieces of equipment. As an engineer, I get fascinated by simplistic yet very clever solutions to how we accomplish things in our world today. The simpler a solution, often, the more I am attracted to it (less that can go wrong, my father always said).
Today’s engineers are working feverishly to automate production processes using robotics whenever possible. Not surprisingly, most robotic hands are designed to emulate a bird’s foot.
Capable of holding tightly and securely to the smallest of branches,
its tiny, sharp claws can dig into the surface of any sized branch,
grip at any angle,
or hold tightly to the largest of tree trunks.
Some designs are just so good they never need improving.