Humans may soon be able to climb vertical walls using gecko-inspired adhesive gloves

November 2, 2014

DARPA (research agency of the US Department of Defence) has developed adhesive pads that allow humans to climb vertical glass walls like geckos. In this demonstration, a man has climbed a 7 meter-high vertical glass wall using adhesive gecko-inspired pads with no other equipment. The climber wore a safety belt, although this wasn’t required.

human gecko pads demonstration
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The gecko-like pads are made of adhesive material that the company developed and successfully tested earlier in 2012. In this demonstration below, a small patch of adhesive material attached to glass is holding 300 kg of weight.

Demonstration of Geckskin Adhering to Glass
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This break-through technology is being built for the US military and we can only hope that one day we will get a consumer version. Who doesn’t want to have a little bit of Spiderman in them?


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