Robots inspired by geckos

Scientists are mimicking the mini-reptiles' natural gifts in high tech ways.

Gecko robots
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From their hands and feet all the way down to their tails, the gecko is inspiring all sorts of robotics technology.

Researchers around the world are trying to mimic the adhesive qualities of their hands and feet to develop robots that can climb walls or navigate rough terrain. New studies have also shown that the gecko's tail acts as a fifth leg and helps stabilize the animal as it climbs.

News.com's Kara Tsuboi finds out that this discovery could help build more agile robots in the future. Click the image to see the video.

 

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