Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Gecko - biomimicry

  • Robert Full – well he is big :-) Show’s off a robotically engineered gecko that mimics the stiction ability of the gecko’s feet via nano-hooks that are so small you need to put a high-powered microscope to them. Stanford edu and co have reverse engineered the gecko’s feet
  • More interestingly, they slow-mowed a gecko in flight in a wind tunnel (sic) and discovered in can use its tail to fly! They also showed in a real-world setting how a gecko can use it’s tail to direct its path when jumping from tree to tree