Science & Technology
Spiderman wall scaling could soon be a reality
By T.K. Randall
August 28, 2010 · 4 comments
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Special gloves and shoes that allow the wearer to climb buildings like Spiderman are currently in development.
Inspired by geckos the special material being used has been successfully tested on a small scale robot able to climb up a sheer glass wall, with a bit more work it could one day allow a human to do the same thing.
Sticky gloves and shoes are being developed using a material that allows the wearing to stick and climb up walls. They have already created a new textile inspired by geckos which has been tested successfully on a small robot that can scale smooth surfaces such as glass and metal.
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