The sticky feet of a climbing, gecko-like robot developed by
The SFU research was recently tested in the labs of the
SFU engineering scientist
The climbing robot, dubbed Abigaille, features six legs, each with four degrees of freedom for optimum agility, allowing the robot to crawl from vertical to horizontal to get around obstacles.
The research has involved multiple SFU undergraduate, master's, PhD students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. Former master's student
The ESA has issued a news release about the testing (link above) and Menon will have a paper published this month in the journal Bionic Engineering.
Since joining SFU in 2007, Menon's research program has focused on bio-robotics and smart materials.
In 2008 he was awarded a grant from the
Menon is also designing an interactive wearable robotic device to improve the quality of life for those who have lost control of their arms and hands due to stroke, injury, aging or disease.
The space research was supported by the ESA's Network/Partnering Initiative, enabling it to work with universities carrying out research with the potential for space applications.
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