4 Ways To Climb a Wall, Robot Edition (Video)

To climb a wall, these robots use sticky tape, cat-like claws, or even secrete adhesive like a snail

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Erico Guizzo is IEEE Spectrum's Digital Innovation Director.


Spectrum has recently profiled Israeli roboticist Amir Shapiro, who develops bio-inspired robots at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Beersheba, Israel. I asked Shapiro if he had any videos of his wall-climbing bots. I'm glad I asked. He's just posted the clip above showing four of his creations: 1. A magnetic robot capable of climbing on metal surfaces; 2. A snail-inspired robot that secrets hot melt glue to stick to walls; 3. A robot that has 3M sticky tape on its wheels and can climb on smooth surfaces like a whiteboard or glass; 4. A four-legged wall bot that uses claws made of fishing hooks to climb rough surfaces like a cat or rodent. Fore more about Shapiro's work, visit his sites: https://www.bgu.ac.il/~ashapiro and https://bgurobots.pbworks.com/

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