Violating the laws of gravity has been a dream of inventors for centuries. Five teams of scientists have finally fulfilled their fantasies by creating these exceptional wall scaling robots. Each one uses a different technique to conquer the wall surfaces they’re faced with. See all our robotic projects.
5. The Electroadhesive Robot
This robot uses electrostatic charges on a wall substrate using a power supply connected to compliant pads situated on the moving robot. It has demonstrated robust clamping to common building materials including glass, wood, metal, concrete, or just about any other material.
4. Air Hog’s Zero Gravity RC Car
Using a tiny fan, this RC car uses suction to secure itself to walls and ceilings. Not exactly DIY friendly, but a fantastic toy nonetheless.
3. Mobile Spy Robot
This one utilizes a flip up camera to spy on rooftops and through windows. A common tank tread design helps is maneuver building sides.
2. Sticky Pads Waalbot
Using rotating pads, this bot can easily adapt to curves and corners. The detailed video above demonstrates it’s capabilities.
1. Stanford’s StickyBot
Although the name may be similar to the #2 contender, the movements of the two bots is entirely different. The detailed demonstration video and its smooth, seamless movements make this #1 on our list.
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