Micro-robot can climb up walls using electroadhesion

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Engineers are clearly working hard to develop wall-climbing robots. We’ve already seen a wall-climbing robot being used to specifically inspect industrial tanks. While that robot travels up and down using a proprietary magnetic system, researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have taken a different approach for their own wall-climbing micro-robot. We’ve seen the same institute inspired by gecko feet for a previous project. Now, their micro-robot, called HAMR-E (Harvard Ambulatory Micro-Robot with Electroadhesion), features ‘sticky feet’ that enables it to explore industrial machinery. The robot’s feet stick to surfaces using electroadhesion, where a small voltage is applied to…

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