'farmHand' Robot Features a Gecko-Like Adhesive

A “farmHand” robotic manipulator takes its inspiration from one of nature’s most fascinating wall crawlers.

“The first applications of the gecko adhesives had to do with climbing robots, climbing people or grasping very large, very smooth objects in space. But we’ve always had it in our minds to use them for more down-to-earth applications,” said Mark Cutkosky, the Fletcher Jones Professor in the School of Engineering .