In various types of manufacturing, parts are robotically picked and placed using graspers or suction cups. The former can damage fragile items, however, while the latter won’t work in vacuums or on rough surfaces. That’s why scientists from Germany’s Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed – well, a new material. It utilizes the same principle as sticky gecko feet, but its gripping quality can be switched on and off as needed.
.. Continue Reading Gecko feet inspire adhesion tech that can be turned on and off
- New-and-improved gecko-inspired adhesive sticks to more surfaces
- Stickybot mimics gecko biology to get a leg up
- Reusable gecko-inspired adhesive tape shrugs off the "dirt"
- Geckos inspire electronics-printing technique
- Gecko-inspired mess-free super-adhesive can stick a TV to the wall
- Z-Man tech allows people to climb glass like geckos