This wall-climbing robot is half tank, half gecko

The ranks of wall-climbing robots are increasing in number. A team of Canadian engineers from Simon Fraser University have combined what they describe as gecko-inspired "fibrillar dry adhesives" with track wheels, to create a modular, tank-like robot that can scale walls and even transfer from horizontal to vertical… » 11/02/11 3:46pm 11/02/11 3:46pm

New Adhesive Microfiber Gloves Let You Scale Glass Walls

Soon we'll have special gloves and shoes that allow us to climb smooth, vertical surfaces — and even walk across ceilings. A team of researchers at UC Berkeley has created a plastic microfiber that imitates the "stickiness" of gecko feet, which are covered in tiny hairs that attach to smooth surfaces. Already, the… » 1/31/08 7:30am 1/31/08 7:30am