Robots with sticky feet can climb up, down, and all around

(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and SEAS have created a micro-robot whose electroadhesive foot pads, inspired by the pads on a gecko’s feet, allow it to climb on vertical and upside-down conductive surfaces, like the inside walls of a commercial jet engine. Groups of them could one day be used to inspect complicated machinery and detect safety issues sooner, while reducing maintenance costs.