Climbing Like a Gecko

Developed by Gerald Winkler, the Gekkomat is a fully functional prototype of a gecko-like climbing device, which uses vacuum and friction principles to “stick” to a wide range of surfaces including glass, metal, and even concrete, plasterboard and some rock surfaces.

The device uses compressed air from tanks carried on the climber’s back that is controlled by an on-board computer, which monitors the vacuum power. To climb up or down, the user pulls on the relevant limb and suction is automatically released. The unit weights 25 kg (55 lbs.) and has many potential uses from paramedical to rescue, police, and even construction – not to mention crashing parties.

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