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US military reveals 'gecko gloves' that let soldiers scale vertical walls
|【Published time:2015/2/12】 【Read the number:430】|
|The US military is developing special gloves that would let soldiers scale vertical walls.
Based on a gecko's feet, the gloves are coated with a specialized cloth called 'Geckskin'.
Impregnated with a reversible adhesive elastomer, they cling to surfaces the same way that the gecko's feet do.
Dubbed the Z-Man project, the new, specialized climbing paddles were developed for Darpa by Cambridge Massachusetts' Draper Laboratory. Recently, DARPA demonstrated the latest iteration by having a 218-pound researcher with 50 pounds of recording gear scale a 25-foot tall glass wall.
Dubbed the Z-Man project, the new, specialized climbing paddles were developed for Darpa by Cambridge Massachusetts' Draper Laboratory.
'The gecko is one of the champion climbers in the Animal Kingdom, so it was natural for Darpa to look to it for inspiration in overcoming some of the maneuver challenges that U.S. forces face in urban environments,' said Dr. Matt Goodman, the Darpa program manager for Z-Man.
'Like many of the capabilities that the Department of Defense pursues, we saw with vertical climbing that nature had long since evolved the means to efficiently achieve it.
'The challenge to our performer team was to understand the biology and physics in play when geckos climb and then reverse-engineer those dynamics into an artificial system for use by humans.'
Recently, Darpa demonstrated the latest iteration of its Geckskin by having a 218-pound researcher (saddled with 50 pounds of recording gear) scale a 25-foot tall glass wall.
'The Z-Man programs aims to develop biologically inspired climbing aids to enable warfighters to scale vertical walls constructed from typical building materials, while carrying a full combat load, and without the use of ropes or ladders.