The drive to develop robots that can traverse any type of surface, including vertical ones, has taken many approaches. As far as climbing walls, robots have relied on adhesives, magnets, and other types of gripper mechanisms. Now comes air. That’s right, air, but rapidly moving air that creates a suction force. The robot can climb walls, even over surfaces with a gap, using this non-contact gripping method. You can see the robot in action at the video link that follows the summary. Read the rest of the story at the link below to PhysOrg.com.
Image credit: University of Canterbury. (PhysOrg.com)
Robot uses supersonic air jets to climb on walls and ceilings (w/ video)
In this clip from the video below, the robot crawls up a wall using a non-contact vacuum grip, due to Bernoulli's principle. Instead of using sticky footpads to climb on walls and ceilings, ...
Video: Robot's Supersonic Air Jets Allow it to Climb Just About Any Surface
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Tue, 24 May 2011 21:45:43 GMT