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Spiderman wall scaling could soon be a reality

By T.K. Randall
August 28, 2010 · Comment icon 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.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by fandango 14 years ago
This is great, can you imagine the applications this could be used for! I think they could have come up with a better name for the robot though 'StickyBot' sounds more like a medical complaint!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Brakzar Break 14 years ago
New toy for the kids in 10 years.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Robin_Shadowes 14 years ago
I want web-shooters and the spider-sense too.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ronseal 14 years ago
hehe i was just thinking once you get the boots and gloves on how are you going to get them back off? without getting your boots or hands stuck together.. just a funny thought

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