Robert Full explains how the gecko inspired his robot design

The “Robot in Scansorial Environments” was inspired by the movement and adhesion methods of cockroaches and geckos to effortlessly scale vertical walls in hopes of rescuing trapped individuals after a natural disaster. Various methods used by these animals (including dry adhesive pads, hairs, fiber, and claws) were married into a hybrid “foot” capable of carrying its own weight up an entirely vertical surface.

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