November 4, 2010 AT 11:47 am

Robots Climb Scaffolding Like People

from Evan Ackerman @ BotJunkie:

I have to say, this is simultaneously one of the most and least conventional climbing robots I’ve ever seen. We’re used to all kinds of weird stuff like claws and geckos and electroadhesion, but these robots just climb up with boring arms and legs and hands and feet. Which is actually kinda interesting.

Apparently these guys (called Yume Robo) aren’t exactly new… They’ve been climbing up and down a 15 meter high wall, every 20 minutes, for the last 184 days, until just last week. They’re dressed in silver work suits, but I don’t claim to know what they heck those antennae are for.

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