Stickybot: Amazing Robotic Gecko

The State Department is hoping that these lizards will help gather info one day.

ByABC News via logo
March 25, 2008, 3:51 PM

Mar. 26, 2008— -- A Stickybot is a state-of-the-art robotic lizard that can scale smooth surfaces like walls and windows with the ease of Spiderman.

The Pentagon hopes to someday use the gecko-inspired device as a "spy in the sky" to watch over enemy territory.

Today on "Good Morning America," the robot's creator, Sangabae Kim, joined the anchors around the watercooler to talk about his amazing new invention.

According to Kim, the gecko can climb almost any surface, fast. For example, it can climb glass surfaces at about a meter per second using an incredible feature on the bottom of its toe covered in nano-scale hairs.

The technology is called "directional adhesive stock" and is meant to imitate real gecko hair.

Stickybot has been featured in National Geographic. You can learn more about Stickybot's technology by visiting Sangae Kim's website by clicking here.