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This Tiny Robot Can Carry Up To 2,000 Times Its Weight

May 1, 2015
The old saying that "big things come in small packages" is being taken to a whole new level by a team of researchers at Stanford University, in California. They recently unveiled these incredible, tiny robots that have the ability to move loads that are 100-2000 times their own body weight. To put that into perspective, that's the equivalent of you pulling a blue whale around.

The team was inspired by the legendary climbing ability of geckos. Geckos have uniquely adhesive pads on their feet that allow them to climb effortlessly at any angle, even upside down. These bots have adhesive pads with multiple tiny, sticky spikes. When pressure is applied, the spikes squash down to create more surface area. When pressure is taken off they spring back and detach easily. This technology could have huge implications for construction and emergency situations where heavy loads are involved.
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