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NSF funded researchers have collaborated to develop a practical gecko-like synthetic adhesive for climbing applications.

Credit: Gwendolyn Morgan, National Science Foundation

 

Photo of Sangbae Kim and Mark Cutkosky with the robot stickybot.

Sangbae Kim and Mark Cutkosky have developed a bio-inspired gecko robot called stickybot.

Credit: Mark R. Cutkosky, Stanford University and Sangbae Kim, MIT


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Photo of the robot stickybot.

Stickybot employs the same principles as a gecko through the use of dry adhesion to climb walls.

Credit: Mark R. Cutkosky, Stanford University and Sangbae Kim, MIT


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Photo of a gecko's foot.

A gecko's foot possesses a sophisticated adhesion system that uses van der Waals forces which allow geckos to climb and hang on smooth and vertical surfaces using one toe.

Credit: www.KellarAutumn.com


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