StickyBot platform

Stickybot is an embodiment of the hypotheses about the requirements for mobility on vertical surfaces using dry adhesion. The main point is that one does not need more adhesion, one needs controllable adhesion. The essential ingredients are:

  • Hierarchical compliance for conforming at centimeter, millimeter and micrometer scales. 
  • Anisotropic dry adhesive materials and structures so that one can control adhesion by controlling shear.
  • Distributed active force control that works with compliance and anisotropy to achieve stability.

For more details on this platform see the Stanford Stickybot website.

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