David Kirkpatrick

January 29, 2008

Fake gecko feet

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:40 pm

This a cool development. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, created an adhesive that mimics the easy attach and easy release of gecko foot pads. The material is said to be ideal for hanging posters, but I’m guessing there will be many uses to come out of this tech.

From the release:

Unlike duct tape or glue, the new material is crafted from millions of tiny, hard, plastic fibers that establish grip; a mere square two centimeters on a side can support 400 grams (close to a pound). While tape sticks when it presses onto a surface, the new adhesive sticks as it slides on a surface and releases as it lifts — this is the trick behind a gecko’s speedy vertical escapes.

The study appeared in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.