May 17, 2016 09:38 AM EDT
Stanford University Engineers Invent ‘Insect’ Drone That Can Climb Ceilings, Walls [VIDEO]
An unammed aerial vehicles or drones for short are aircrafts that can be manned remotely. Different kinds and sizes of drones are out in the market today but Stanford University research students take drone flying to the next level. They invented the Quadcopter, a drone that can climb and land on ceilings and walls just like a spider.
Quadcopter An Insect-Like Drone
The secret to the limberness of the Quadcopter are the "microspines," Gizmodo reported. These microspines allow the Quadcopter to move like an insect or a spider and perch on walls and ceilings. The Stanford University student researchers used microspines which are taken from a similar technology that studied how geckos climb walls.
Quadcopter Microspines Conserve Batteries
Drones are notorious for heavy battery draining especially when it is used to hover above objects or locations to take pictures or footage. However, with the Quadcopter's ability to perch against walls or ceilings thanks to their microspines, drones may no longer have to fly to take pictures or footage.
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Quadcopter Microspines Still Latch On Until The Battery Drains
Quadcopters can remain where they are even if they are perched high above ceilings or walls even if their batteries have died. However, they need to be fully secured first, Irish Examiner shared. Although the Quadcopter has difficulty gripping in to smooth surfaces, Stanford University student researchers say that they are experimenting with adhesives and more. There are many uses for the Quadcopter and the Stanford University researchers say that the drone can be used to fire search and rescue, earthquake monitoring, building deterioration survey and more.
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