May 21 2008Uh-Oh: Robot Can Climb Almost Any Surface


Similar to this climbing robot, but 100% absolutely nothing like it, comes this agile bastard.

The as-yet-unnamed robot uses electro-adhesion to cling to the wall, generating electrostatic charges between the wall substrate and itself to keep from falling. "The principle of operation is similar to electrostatic chucks used to hold silicon wafers, or other specialized grippers for robotic handling of materials," senior researcher Harsha Prahlad explained to PM in an email last week. "The technology uses a very small amount of power ... and shows the ability to repeatedly clamp to wall substrates that are heavily covered in dust or other debris."

This isn't good news folks. If this were a medical prognosis for the future of the human race, we'd be getting toe-tagged. And speaking of toes -- if you strapped a camera to this thing and sent it up the side of my house to the bathroom window you might catch a hot and steamy glimpse doing a crossword puzzle on the can.

Several more pictures of the robot and a video of it climbing a wall in your house, after the jump.




Unmanned Spider-Man? SRI's Wall-Climbing Robot [popularmechanics]

Thanks to Shawn and MoMan, who are both ninjas that can run up walls

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Goddamnit...*head desk*

Bantha Slippers!!!!

Exactly how many people did see "Runaway"?

I'm coating my entire apartment in oil. Lot and lots of oil. Let's see that bastard crawl in now. In fact, I'm covering myself in oil! Yeah, that'll show those crawly bastards! Hahahahaha!!!!

A small white van just pulled up outside...

who the hell names a robot "as-yet-unnamed" ?? I mean really that's just a stupid name

-"Knock Knock"

-"Who's There?"

-"Yet To Be Named Wall Climbing Robot"

-(SHOTGUN BLAST) "I Hate Solicitors"

Static won't work in rain or high humidity

what if they coat the appropriate parts in a layer of hydrophobic uh whatever? or increase the power going to the generator to compensate for the general increase in the loss of charge? this is just to cover the humidity factor, of course. and i'm no expert on electricity. i'm just throwing out ideas

notice it goes in a straight line as soon as it turns it looses adhesion and falls off


Yeh this is scary. Robots are taking over.
We put this on our site too.

Where there is a will, there is a way! I believe!

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