Climbing Mini Whegs™


Climbing Mini-Whegs™ scales vertical glass surfaces using compliant, adhesive feet. It has one drive motor that turns all four wheel-legs in an alternating diagonal gait.


The following high-speed video show how the four-spoked wheel-legs apply and gradually peel the adhesive feet (in this case Scotch® tape).


With a novel adhesive manufactered by the Gottlieb Binder Company in collaboration with the Max-Planck Institute , the robot is capable of climbing vertical surfaces with the addition of a long tail.


On a 60-degree incline the robot requires a shorter tail, but can transition around the external angle.

 

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