You’ve probably seen similar technology before, but the Stanford University engineers has just unveiled newly developed “Gecko Gloves”. This engineering team, lead by PhD candidate Elliot Hawkes, came up with the idea because they were inspired by the adhesive properties of gecko fingers, which make it possible for them to easily scale objects. Wearers of these gloves will be able to to scale the side of a building, thanks to 24 independent adhesive tiles on each pad, helping to equally distribute the climber’s weight. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Hawkes says, “Furthermore, we found that the synthetic adhesion system does not fail catastrophically when a simulated failure is induced on a portion of the adhesive.” No word yet on if we’ll see this adhesion technology in other products.