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Tiny robot can carry 100 times its weight while climbing a wall

Geek posted about the new Mighty Mouse of robotics – a robot that can carry 100x its weight during a vertical climb.

Engineers at Stanford are preparing to show off a new type of super-strong robot at next month’s International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle. These small robots aren’t just pushing the limits of what we think of as super-human, they’re on a completely different level. They can carry many times their own weight, and they can do it while climbing up a wall.

The robot climbing up the wall in the video below is impressive not only for its vertical climbing ability, but because it’s dragging 100 times its own weight with it. If you’re just interested in brute force, it’s the smallest among Stanford’s creations that have the most to offer. One of the climbing bots weighs just 20 milligrams, but can haul 500 milligrams. That’s just a single paperclip, but think of how tiny that robot is by comparison (it was assembled with a microscope).

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