Natures wonders: more biomimetics (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 15:40 (1894 days ago) @ David Turell

Climbing a vertical wall like a gecko:

"To climb, a person reaches up, places a pad against the wall (causing the step on that side to rise an equal distance) places a foot on the step and pushes themselves higher using leg force. The process is repeated alternating between the left and right hands/feet as the person climbs higher.

"Currently, the pads only work on clean smooth surfaces, but the team hopes to improve on that by making self cleaning pads, similar to the approach used by geckos. Applications range from window washing to satellite retrieval systems.

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