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Walk Up The Wall With Gekkomat

Gekkomat (Image courtesy Gizmag)By Andrew Liszewski

In the cartoons walking up a wall is as easy as finding yourself a set of toilet plungers, tying them to your hands and feet and then going at it. In real life I’m afraid that approach just doesn’t work. (Trust me on that one.) I assume the engineers behind the Gekkomat came to the same conclusion and decided to build themselves an actual way to walk up walls.

The Gekkomat is based on the way a real-life Gecko is able to cling to any surface, even when upside down. It uses 4 seperate pads connected to air tanks that are similar in size to those worn by firefighters. The pressurized air in the tanks is used to create a vacuum effect on the surface of the pads allowing them to stick to smooth concrete, sandstone, plaster, wood, glass or metal. The current configuration allows for a half-hour of operation on a concrete surface and while the unit itself weighs about 25kg it’s actually able to support weights up to 1 metric ton.

For now the Gekkomat is really only a working prototype and is sadly not available for sale. And I can only assume that eVen when this device is perfected it will be subjected to years of safety testing before I can get my hands on it.

[Gekkomat] VIA [Gizmag]







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5 responses to “Walk Up The Wall With Gekkomat”

  1. SCI FI Tech says:

    Gekkomat turns anyone into a wall-crawler…

    The superhero-inspired gear just keeps on coming; first the Octarm and now the Gekkomat. Bestowing its wearer with the ability to climb walls just like, well, a Gecko, the Gekkomat……

  2. The Gekkomat – Live Out Your Spiderman Fantasies…

    As of this moment, the Gekkomat is the only way to walk up walls.? I know it’s not as glamorous as web-slinging but it’ll have to do for now.From OhGizmo: The Gekkomat is based on the way a real-life Gecko is able to cling to any surface, even when …

  3. Convi?rtete en el hombre ara?a con este dispositivo…

    Si has so?ado alguna vez con trepar paredes como el hombre ara?a, entonces tenemos justo lo que necesitas (y hablando m?s seriamente, este ser?a muy ?til para bomberos y cuerpos de rescate). Es el Gekkomat, un dispositivo que se ancla por medio de…

  4. SCI FI Tech says:

    Gekkomat turns anyone into a wall-crawler…

    The superhero-inspired gear just keeps on coming; first the Octarm and now the Gekkomat. Bestowing its wearer with the ability to climb walls just like… well, a Gecko, the Gekkomat……

  5. for best wall climbers this is the perfect stuff, new generation of mr. spidey