May 3, 2007

Robot can climb walls, ceilings and glass

Wall-Climbing Robot

Researchers at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University have created a robot capable of climbing walls and glass at a rate of six centimeters per second. As Technology Review tells us, “Such robots could, among other applications, be used to inspect the hulls of spacecraft for damage.” This robot has two triangular wheel-like legs with three foot pads and a tail allowing it to move easily, even from wall to ceiling. It uses a dry elastomer adhesive to stick, but they are testing a new fiber on its feet that should make it five times stickier. Watch it in action below…



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