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Swinging Robot Excels At Wall-Climbing 54

Zothecula writes "Engineers have used a variety of techniques to create robots that can scale walls — the Climber uses a rolling seal, while the insect-like robots from SRI have caterpillar tracks with electro-adhesive properties. While such robots generally focus on speed, adhering to the wall and deciding how and when to move, the creators of a small robot named ROCR say it is the first wall-climbing robot to focus on climbing efficiently. And it does so by using the momentum of a tail that swings like a grandfather clock's pendulum."
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Swinging Robot Excels At Wall-Climbing

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  • Gibbons (Score:5, Informative)

    by Olli_Niemitalo (1626637) on Friday August 06, 2010 @02:57AM (#33158870)
    Gibbon monkeys are probably the fastest climbers, and they keep their momentum by swinging their bodies around their wrists that have ball and socket joints. This robot uses a similar principle.
  • Re:Gibbons (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 06, 2010 @04:52AM (#33159228)

    I was curious to see them, so I searched for Gibbons climbing and ended up watching about an hour of National Geographic videos on various monkeys, starting with Gibbons [] (video continues to other monkeys).

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