Gecko Robot Climbs Up a Wall.

Marky Cutkosky and colleagues at Stanford University created this gecko-like robot with sticky feet that can scamper up a wall.

Stickybot, developed by Mark Cutkosky and his team at Stanford University in California, has feet with synthetic setae made of an elastomer. These tiny polymer pads ensure a large area of contact between the feet and the wall, maximising the van der Waals stickiness.

And of course:

The Pentagon is interested in developing gecko-inspired climbing gloves and shoes. Cutkosky says a Stickybot-type robot would also make an adept planetary rover or rescue bot.

http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/mg19025526.500


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