Boffins have taken their inspiration from the gecko to develop a tank robot that can scale completely smooth walls and shuffle along ceilings. Researchers from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, looked at the little sticky pads on the toes of geckos and recreated the van der Waals forces - very weak, attractive …
I think all that's left to say is that I, for one, welcome our new wall climbing robotic tank overlords. ;)
If you have a tank...
You want to be able to run /through/ walls, not go over them IMO.
I for one.....
...welcome our wall traversing overlords.
Give it a few more years and we will all bowing down to our new masters, unless someone gets a handheld railgun developed
I've played MGS4 and i've seen the future
"The adhesive pads on geckos follow this same principle"
Prior art! It's the robot that follows the same principle as the gecko, not the other way around.
But then there'd be no excuse...
... to sue the geckos, would there?
Slap a camera on the front and a hook of some sort on the back, and you've got the just the tool I've dreamed about for running new wires through existing walls. (Network cable, telephone line, power cab<zzzrt>)
How do they get it off once it's stuck on? Can it be scaled up? I'd like to see one with a chair for use as a stair lift for the elderly you could deploy them quickly to create temporary elderly care homes though getting the daredevil pensioners back to ground child be tricky, bugger free climbing my father'd be scaling any glass building he could find.
I'm not certain that it's that good yet. A couple of points in the video appeared to show someone holding his hands underneath it in case it fell off.
I would expect that it's right at the limit for the weight it can hold at the moment. Given, that performance is pretty impressive but I suspect that real world applications are a long way off.
I want to see this tech...
... installed on that nightmarish gasoline and hydraulic powered military mule robot.
I for one welcome our yadda yadda yadda overlords.
Pic - the unavoidable result of the overlord invasion...