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Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help Robot Climb
August 24, 2010
The science behind gecko toes holds the answer to a dry adhesive that provides an ideal grip for robot feet. Stanford University mechanical engineer Mark Cutkosky is using the new material, based on the structure of a gecko foot, to keep his robots climbing.
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