Magnetic hair for wall mobility

Jose Berengueres, Kunio Takahashi, Shigeki Saito, Kenjiro Tadakuma

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Abstract

We introduce a climbing system, inspired by gecko foot that uses magnets in place of Van der Waals interaction. This is possible because both forces, except for a scale factor, have similar force-curves. Taking advantage of this fact, we manufactured a hand-size "magnetic" version of a gecko-foot. This allowed us to conduct naked-eye experiments. As a result we identify four shape-function relations that might partially explain the design of gecko feet. Additionally, we report experimental data, introduce a quantitative concept to compare climbing systems and show a prototype of magnetic hair.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2006
Pages3934-3939
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2006 - Beijing, China
Duration: 2006 Oct 92006 Oct 15

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Other

Other2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2006
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period06/10/906/10/15

Keywords

  • Climbing
  • Distributed adhesion
  • Functional shape
  • Gecko
  • Magnet
  • Magnetic pad
  • Personal climbing device
  • Wall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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