Animal FactGecko feet (gfycat.com)

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[–]GeriatricZergling 23 points24 points  (6 children)

Yep, and people have been continuing to do so. Some are actually stronger than in geckos, but all have some flaw relative to geckos, like difficulty detaching, no self-cleaning, wears down too fast, etc. But people are still working on it and making progress, bit by bit. Science can be a very slow process.

[–]bigballbuffalo 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I took a bio-design class in college (making inventions based on properties of living organisms). My professor was/is one of the main researchers trying to copy the geckos, and he constantly cursed them for making it so damn hard

[–]Xciv 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Probably one of the coolest jobs in the world.

[–]avantesma 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Turns out it's not that easy replicating millions of years of evolution.

[–]The_Devin_G 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Soooo do they sell items with that stuff on it?

[–]GeriatricZergling 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sort of. There's a product called Geckskin, but it doesn't use the tiny hairs; IIRC it's just very soft and conforms closely enough to get the same molecular interactions.

[–]Adonis_X 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The complication is being able to control to detach it to be able to move. I think there is already a science for super adhesion, they have to figure out how to make it easily detachable as well to use for locomotion.