Just a few weeks ago, researchers at the University of Cambridge determined it was impossible for anything larger than a gecko to crawl along walls like Spider-Man.
With this research in mind, Stephen Colbert blamed science for killing our superhero hopes, which you can see below.
YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXsa-2wmooo
In response, this Stanford University engineer is standing up to the naysayers, and wants everyone to know that Spider-Man-like abilities are possible – at least with the right tech.
Elliot Hawkes hit back in a video, describing a “Gecko Glove” that the team at Stanford developed, allowing humans to scale a glass wall, albeit rather slowly.
Hawkes explained that the Gecko Glove achieves the Spider-Man skills by being “clever about how you distribute weight.”
There are 24 adhesive tiles on each glove, which is covered in a tiny sawtooth-shaped nano fibers, spreads weight and pressure evenly across each glove with springs that sit behind each tile.
The nano fibers adheres to the wall, and unsticks when pulled away in a specific direction.
You can check out the details in the video from Stanford University below.
YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wETHkxFDmeQ