Projects under this research category include:
- Directional, controllable adhesives and manufacturing methods for creating them.
- MicroTugs -- Tiny robots able to pull 100x body weight up a wall, or 2000x body weight along the ground!
- Human Climbing depends on efficiently scaling the adhesives so that large loads are evenly distributed over large areas.
- Stickybot III developments, including new ankle and foot designs for greater maximum adhesion on smooth and micro-rough surfaces
- AdhesiveSurfaceGrasping -- Grasping walls and ceilings using opposed directional adhesives and grasping surfaces like solar panels on space debris
- Tendon-inspired mechanism which passively aligns adhesives and evenly distributes loads to the entire surface of the adhesive.
- GeckoAdhesionMeasurements -- How well do geckos distribute their adhesive forces? What can we learn from the systems they employ at the macroscopic scale?
Other pages: Adhesion category
On rough surfaces, the best technology continues to be the microspine mechanisms originally developed in this lab in 2004-2005. The spine technology has continued to evolve through collborations with several other groups:
- The old BDML Spinybot Page -- video links are broken, but you can find them on YouTube now.
- The ICRA 2006 Spinybot II Video (Best Video awardee)
- The RiSE Robot at Boston Dynamics uses our spines. This is an outgrowth of the joint Boston Dynamics, U. Penn, CMU and Stanford RiSE project
- Microspines are also part of the solution package being explored by the DARPA Zman project.
- Microspines are being explored at JPL for grasping asteroids (this is the work of BDML alumnus Dr. Aaron Parness)
- Microspines are also being applied by us to perching aircraft in collaboration with U. Maryland and others.