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Artificial Gecko Adhesive, Now In Experimental Glue

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the will-arrive-one-day-before-singularity dept.

Technology 102

thefickler writes "Scientists at the University of Dayton have created a peel-on, peel-off glue which mimics the wall-climbing abilities of Spiderman. The substance, based on the feet of the Gecko lizard, is three times stickier than existing adhesives. The material is so strong that a 4×4mm pad would be enough to hold a 1.5kg object such as a hardcover book. However, it's likely too expensive for consumer use: one British scientist calculates that a single Post-it note using the glue would cost around a thousand dollars." We've mentioned the possibilities of synthetic gecko technology several times before, including as applied in this wall-climbing robot; commercial applications have seemed just around the corner for a while now.

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behavior of our 'representatives' sticks to US (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:behavior of our 'representatives' sticks to US (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333411)

yOUR

Isn't the lameness filter designed to block posts like this one?

Re:behavior of our 'representatives' sticks to US (1)

OolimPhon (1120895) | more than 5 years ago | (#25338131)

Don't you ever get bored copying and pasting this same old crap into every single slashdot post? Particularly when you just *know* that no-one is going to read it?
Give yourself a rest, and give everyone else back their bandwidth, and stop already. You have an axe to grind, maybe. But the rest of the world just isn't interested. Go get some help.

I'll be gone until Mon, remember2pray, k guiz? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333019)

This is what it would be like, if the majority of people were athiests.
ATHIEST KID: Mom, I'm going to go fuck a hooker.
ATHIEST MOM: Okay, son.
ATHIEST KID: Afterwards, I'm going to go smoke pot with my friends, since it's "not addictive."
ATHIEST MOM: Okay, come home soon!

The athiest kid leaves the room. The father comes home from work several minutes later.

ATHIEST DAD: Hey!
ATHIEST MOM: Hi, honey! I'm pregnant again. I guess I'll just get another abortion, since "fetuses don't count as human life."
ATHIEST DAD: Okay, get as many abortions as you want!
ATHIEST MOM: Oh, and don't go in the bedroom.
ATHIEST DAD: Why not?
ATHIEST MOM: There are two gay men fucking eachother in there.
ATHIEST DAD: Why are they here?
ATHIEST MOM: I wanted to watch them do it for awhile. They just aren't finished yet.
ATHIEST DAD: Okay, that's fine with me!

Suddenly, their neighbor runs into the house.

ATHIEST NEIGHBOR: Come quick, there's a Christian outside!
ATHIEST MOM: We'll be right there!

The athiest couple quickly put on a pair of black robes and hoods. They then exit the house, and run into the street, where a Christian is nailed to a large, wooden X. He is being burned alive. A crowd of athiests stand around him, all wearing black robes and hoods.

RANDOM ATHIEST: Damn you, Christian! We hate you! We claim to be tolerant of all religions. But we really hate your's! That's because we athiests are hypocritical like that! Die, Christian!

THE END

Scary, isn't it?

Re:I'll be gone until Mon, remember2pray, k guiz? (-1, Offtopic)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333469)

I'm roman catholic and, aside from drugs and hookers and abortions and torch burning and random gay men fucking in my room, that's about how I act.

Seriously my considerations are health (disease, hookers, pot); economics (hookers, pot); and the basic need for humans to have tangible consequences for their stupid actions (abortion; you'll never get a disease, but you're going to have kids one day and this is how you're going to do it, so you know the risk is real).

The damning christians thing is a flaw in logic. Atheists can't claim to be atheists if they're religiously against secular religion; if it's offensive to your belief system to witness others' beliefs, then you aren't, by definition, without a belief system. This is how so-called "atheists" act a lot of the time though. Everyone shares this flaw; humans in general fail logic, for example Christians are often judgmental of other religions or non-believers when their doctrine says they should be tolerant.

Your depiction of an Atheist world seems to parallel young religions, including Catholicism; remember the old church, which ran the world and persecuted anyone with conflicting beliefs. Islam and other belief systems also went through a strong period of purging the infidels.

Re:I'll be gone until Mon, remember2pray, k guiz? (1, Offtopic)

Original Replica (908688) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333697)

Everyone shares this flaw; humans in general fail logic, for example Christians are often judgmental of other religions or non-believers when their doctrine says they should be tolerant.

That seems to be a weakness/defense mechanism of any religious person or culture when they are insecure/new in their faith. Anyone who is at a fundamental level of understanding in their belief is going to see it as black and white, with-us or against-us situation. This is amusingly true of a belief in tolerance and diversity as well. The believers in the-one-right-way are usually a destructive force in what ever genre their belief is in. For a easy modern cultural view of this phenomenon just look at the many destructive effects of Political Correctness.

Now for an on topic bit: How long until Gecko Glue can be scaled up enough to be cost effective in it's reusablility? Cheap as Velcro per square inch?

Re:I'll be gone until Mon, remember2pray, k guiz? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25346111)

Wow, someone has some deep seated fear of impromptu religious discussion considering my parent post parent was modded +5 when the post was 24hours old. Especially considering that I acknowledged that the thread was offtopic in my post, and that all the down modding was apparently done on Sunday morning.

Re:I'll be gone until Mon, remember2pray, k guiz? (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 5 years ago | (#25336689)

This gets posted verbatim to just about every story. It's trash, the poster probably doesn't even look for replies.

They could at least vary it a bit, now not only is it stupid, it's stale.

Re:I'll be gone until Mon, remember2pray, k guiz? (0, Offtopic)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 5 years ago | (#25336827)

but you're going to have kids one day and this is how you're going to do it, so you know the risk is real

I'm sterile you insensitive clod.

Re:I'll be gone until Mon, remember2pray, k guiz? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333503)

That blew my mind a bit. I may have gotten some "guiz" on my keyboard. ;)

Is this why? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333025)

Is this why my girlfriend yells at me when I cum on her face?

wrong (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333041)

VHB tape from 3M is currently the world record holder for that and I believe they still are seeing as how it can hold more weight than that.

Re:wrong (0, Redundant)

mweather (1089505) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333135)

Can it be removed instantly without solvents and with no damage to the materials bonded together?

Re:wrong (1)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333153)

Can it be removed instantly without solvents and with no damage to the materials bonded together?

Well, there goes my Might Putty [youtube.com] reference...

Re:wrong (2, Informative)

Laser Dan (707106) | more than 5 years ago | (#25334923)

Can it be removed instantly without solvents and with no damage to the materials bonded together?

Yes, that's the whole point of this.
Think about a gecko, does it rip the paint off walls with each step? The bond is easily released by peeling but sticks strongly if you try to slide it, like a post-it note but stronger. Apparently it is self-cleaning too.
It doesn't bond the way glue or other adhesives do, the adhesion is from the addition of the van der Waals force from millions/billions of tiny "hairs". more info [berkeley.edu]

Re:wrong (1)

Dekker3D (989692) | more than 5 years ago | (#25337991)

hmm... that dÃes resemble spiderman. in the first movie, they used tiny hairs as an explanation for his wall-climbing as well..

i'm actually getting interested in this :)

Not to be a pedant, but... (0)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333049)

Just how does one "peel on"? I can see slide-on, slip-on, roll-on (and roll off), lay-on/lay-off, and peel-off/stick-on...

But how the hell does one "peel on", even if the tape is double-sided?

Re:Not to be a pedant, but... (1)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333151)

Peel-On, apply directly to the peel!

Or maybe they mean you have to apply it in a reverse peeling motion instead of simply slamming it straight down....

Re:Not to be a pedant, but... (1)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333201)

Or maybe they mean you have to apply it in a reverse peeling motion instead of simply slamming it straight down....

So, "lay on" or "roll on"?

Re:Not to be a pedant, but... (3, Insightful)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333367)

Actually, you are being a pedant. You're right, but, y'know, I'm sure you did know what the OP meant.

I don't mean this as an insult; it's just that your post made me grin. Kind of like when someone underscores what they are expressing metaphorically by saying, "literally." Like: "I was so hungry I literally could have eaten a horse." I've actually taken to saying, myself, "[blah blah], literally! By which I mean figuratively."

And when anyone questions my most outlandish statements, I tell them, straight faced, "I always speak in hyperbole. Always. ALLLWAYS."

Re:Not to be a pedant, but... (1)

ijakings (982830) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333559)

Every time i see pedant im reminded of the IT crowd episode

Jen: "His name is Peter File"

Moss: "Whos a pedophile?"

Re:Not to be a pedant, but... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333881)

Or: I'm so verbose and well-heeled that I could literarily spew a file cabinet full of words.

(slash red-underscored "literarily", yet it's a Merriam-defined word.... go... figures, hehehehe)

Re:Not to be a pedant, but... (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 5 years ago | (#25335507)

I can't believe you called me verbose and well-heeled! Next thing you know, you'll be using the P-word... Professorial!

Re:Not to be a pedant, but... (1)

Jherek Carnelian (831679) | more than 5 years ago | (#25334161)

Kind of like when someone underscores what they are expressing metaphorically by saying, "literally." Like: "I was so hungry I literally could have eaten a horse."

I have literally eaten a horse [wikipedia.org] you insensitive clod!
It was mighty tasty too.

Re:Not to be a pedant, but... (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 5 years ago | (#25335535)

Did you eat horse, or did you eat a horse? That is, did you eat an entire horse?

I had horse when I was in France a few years ago. When friends asked me how it was, I'd say, "It was g-o-o-o-o-o-d!" (think like a whinny)

Re:Not to be a pedant, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25342239)

The whole horse? I thought it was a euphemism for oral sex!

The Gekko Field Researcher (1, Funny)

Illbay (700081) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333067)

Hopefully, that English nature show presenter who follows the GEICO gekko [adgabber.com] around will begin using this stuff so he doesn't fall off RVs, dumpsters, etc., while he's trying to spy on his quarry.

Re:The Gekko Field Researcher (0, Redundant)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#25334569)

Hi. I'm a gecko, not to be confused with Geiko, who can save you 15% or more on car insurance. This sick bastard has been chasing me all week telling me he wants to turn my feet into glue. I keep trying to tell him that the glue is made out of Geico feet, but he just won't believe me. Will you please STOP FOLLOWING ME!!?!

[He steps into a loop of rope, followed by the screen going black and showing a Geico logo as we hear the sound of a gecko going airborne.]

Umm... (1)

orion205 (1130561) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333073)

How do you "peel-on"?

Re:Umm... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333455)

It's so easy a caveman can do it.

Hmmm... (1)

I.M.O.G. (811163) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333113)

So its just like those 3M sticky hooks you can stick to your wall, hang some reasonably heavy stuff on them, then pull downwards on a tab attached to the sticky part and they come back off the wall no problem... But stronger.

Color me unimpressed. Can someone get me excited about new problems this address?

Re:Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333285)

Well, you can use them to stick your wireless powered candle lights to the ceiling of your castle.

Re:Hmmm... (3, Funny)

Microlith (54737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333387)

they come back off the wall no problem

Last time I pulled one of those off the wall it came off no problem. Along with the paint and wallboard behind it!

Re:Hmmm... (1, Informative)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333549)

Well, for the same surface area, these will hang some decidedly unreasonably heavy stuff. 2x2 millimeters holds 1.5kg ... 4.5 x 4.5 will hold more than my weight. A square inch will hold 241.9kg, or over 500 pounds!

Re:Hmmm... (2, Informative)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333759)

TFS says a 4x4 mm pad holds 1.5 kg.

Someone is wrong (probably TFS, since it implies failure on ther part of the editors).

How can 4.5x4.5 mm hold more than 160 times the eight of 2x2 mm when it's just 5 times the surface area?

there is no 2x2 ... lets get back to the math (1)

ben2umbc (1090351) | more than 5 years ago | (#25336005)

If 4mm x 4mm holds 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) for a surface area of 16mm^2, then to hold say 200 lbs you would need a surface area 60.6 times greater. 60.6 x 16 mm^2 = 0.9696 m. So with about 1 m^2 of this material you could climb like Spiderman.

We've mentioned the possibilities of synthetic gecko technology several times before, including as applied in this wall-climbing robot;

I say screw the robots, I want to be able to climb up walls and ceilings myself!

Re:there is no 2x2 ... lets get back to the math (1)

quadrox (1174915) | more than 5 years ago | (#25338905)

your math is wrong too, I'm afraid. The square root of 969 mm is 31 mm. That means that you would need 3.1 x 3.1 square centimeters to hold up a typical male human body. Which translates to roughly a 1.5 square inches.

Re:there is no 2x2 ... lets get back to the math (1)

ben2umbc (1090351) | more than 5 years ago | (#25339157)

And thats even better, and far cheaper. I hope it will be available in the fabric isle at a walmart near you soon!

Re:Hmmm... (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333783)

A square inch will hold 241.9kg, or over 500 pounds!

Wow, I've been looking for a solution to sticking the really big steel workers to the underside of wide flange beams by their hardhats! Superglue only holds so much.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333831)

Welding the hard hat directly to the beam works so much better.

Re:Hmmm... (2, Funny)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333895)

Welding the hard hat directly to the beam works so much better.

Actually, not. The hat tends to melt. And I'd rather not have to weld channels to the flange to cradle the lip of the helmet either. Bolting is right out, too: it needs to have minimal impact to the structural integrity of the beam.

Re:Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25337233)

Rope. Preferably around the neck of the submitter and then tied around the beam.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

mweather (1089505) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333807)

They tried a weaker version of this (hairs so big they were visible to the naked eye) the size of a piece of notebook paper, and it held the researchers young daughter just fine. The same piece with this new nanoscale stuff would hold a car.

the way I heard it on the radio (1)

Phantom of the Opera (1867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333749)

was that you can apply it and remove it as many times as you like. Removing it doesn't damage the tape. It is more like a velcro than a glue.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

mweather (1089505) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333777)

Sort of like that, but these stick with magnetism, not adhesives, so they never loose their stickyness, and it doesn't bond well with itself.

Prespective (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333923)

How many of those hooks does it take to hang an M1 Abram [wikipedia.org]?

Tape Characteristics:
Area: 4mm^2
Weight It Holds: 1.5kg

Tape holds: 533.3 lbs/in^2 [google.com]

M1 Abram Tank Characteristics:
Weight: 135200 lbs

Amount of tape needed: 1.76 ft^2 [google.com]

Re:Prespective (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25334681)

Your math is off. It's a 4mm by 4mm pad, so it's 16mm^2, so the correct conversion is:

(1.5 kg) / (16 (mm^2)) = 133.343844 pounds / (in^2)

Cost of new technology (4, Insightful)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333115)

They mention the cost, but surely that will come down. Anything breakthrough like that is going to be expensive to create until the figure out a way to mass produce it.

I wonder, however, the type of strength you'd have to have to actually "do a Spiderman" up the building. Yes it will hold you to the building, but you'll still have to have the upper body strength to advance your way up without handholds to help if it's a flat surface.

Sci-Fi fun aside, there will no doubt be a lot of uses for this product. And a few years down the road we will have infomercial guru, Billy Mays [wikipedia.org] shouting at us to try new and improved "Gecko Glue" to hang pictures and fix broken mugs. :)

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

TheLazySci-FiAuthor (1089561) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333435)

The price will surely come down - and I expect that it will deflate much as computer and electronic technology has.

I am eager to see the data on this as it will surely spawn the creation of a Moore's-law type formula for nanotech.

Buy your nanotech stocks, some are less than $1 usd per share right now! - they won't stay that cheap forever.

Re:Cost of new technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333599)

I imagine the price will come down quite fast.

A way of joining electrical components without solder is worth billions.

Components are subjected to stresses from production line soldering far beyond what they experience in normal use. Less failures, not having to heat test components etc.

Re:Cost of new technology (2, Insightful)

mweather (1089505) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333849)

This won't hold electrical components. It's not glue. It's a sheet of material with billions of tiny hairs that are so small they physically come in contact with the atoms of the surface they touch. This causes it to magnetically bond with the material. It's removable because you can peel away a few hairs at a time with a peeling motion.

Re:Cost of new technology (2, Interesting)

pluther (647209) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333677)

You wouldn't need to rely on upper body strength alone if you also have the stuff on your feet. That lets you use your leg muscles as well.

Even with the proportional strength of a spider, Mr. Parker usually uses his feet when wall-crawling.

Re:Cost of new technology (4, Funny)

VValdo (10446) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333721)

You wouldn't need to rely on upper body strength alone if you also have the stuff on your feet. That lets you use your leg muscles as well.

My question-- do the outer layers of skin on my fingers/toes have the adhesive properties to the inner-layers of skin or will I fall 30 stories leaving finger-skin behind? Also, how much building-dust and pollution accumulates to the adhesive, and how quickly?

I really need to know this before I try.

W

PS- are web shooters included?

Re:Cost of new technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25334009)

You could always combine it with a similarly futuristic force distribution system, such as handles or a pair of gloves.

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 5 years ago | (#25335069)

I doubt this is anything you'd want to put on your skin. I'm assuming it would go on gloves/shoes. My only question is, if it can hold so much weight, how can it peel off?

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

vivian (156520) | more than 5 years ago | (#25335411)

Since the stuff is conductive, it might be possible to 'clean' it of particles by applying a charge to it - hopefully that would transfer charge to the dust/pollution particles on the ends of the hairs and make them repel off? can any physics types confirm if th is would work?

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

MeepMeep (111932) | more than 5 years ago | (#25335937)

PS- are web shooters included?

You only get one but you're not gonna like where you have to shoot it from...

Re:Cost of new technology (2, Interesting)

mortonda (5175) | more than 5 years ago | (#25334129)

Have you ever climbed up a 80 ft ladder? It takes some serious strength to do that quickly - my arms and legs were shaking when I got to the top of the water tower. Great view though. Too bad we never did get the wifi contract. :(

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

hot soldering iron (800102) | more than 5 years ago | (#25339747)

Last time I had to climb 500 ft to change a lightbulb on the college radio tower, it took about an hour, and it was EXACTLY like being on a stairmaster. One of the first tips I got on that job was never grab the next rung - always grab the vertical side of the ladder. Reason: the protective paint on the ladder could/would develop pinholes and rust would eat through the rung, but it would appear fine to a visual inspection. If I ran into that, it wouldn't matter if I DID have a grip that Superman couldn't break, I was still going to fall.

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 5 years ago | (#25335125)

Yes, I took that into account, but you can't use the flat part of your feet, you'd have to put the adhesive on the tips of the toes (of the shoes) and even then--how easy would that be without footholds as well as hand holds? Face it, man is not made for climbing like a chimpanzee, much less a gecko! Our legs are too long and our feet don't bend the right way to do this easily--at least not on a flat surface.

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#25336525)

I expect you could get about as much surface area on your feet as you would get on a small hold on a climbing wall. You'd have a lot more area on you hands, because you could stick them flat to the wall.

Re:Cost of new technology (5, Insightful)

Alain Williams (2972) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333833)

I wonder, however, the type of strength you'd have to have to actually "do a Spiderman" up the building. Yes it will hold you to the building, but you'll still have to have the upper body strength to advance your way up without handholds to help if it's a flat surface.

The other big thing to think about is what are you adhering to ? This might work if you were climbing up something like clean metal or marble, but most will be much lower quality. Many surfaces if you pull too hard on them will disintegrate and the top layer will detach, so you will just end up falling off the sky scraper with a thin layer of brick or paint on your hands.

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

fastest fascist (1086001) | more than 5 years ago | (#25334407)

I wonder, however, the type of strength you'd have to have to actually "do a Spiderman" up the building. Yes it will hold you to the building, but you'll still have to have the upper body strength to advance your way up without handholds to help if it's a flat surface.

Isn't that what handholds are used for? Holding you to the surface you're climbing? If anything, climbing with this stuff should be less of a strain than with handholds - you don't have to wear your arms out gripping things, you are securely held in place without having to reach for holds in difficult positions and you can put some of the stuff on your feet and maybe knees to let you use the much stronger leg muscles to make your way up.

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#25336539)

I would think the problem would be unsticking yourself to move. If you've got roughly equal surface area on your hands and feet, and you need a bit extra for safety, each hand or foot has to hold a bit more than a quarter of your body weight. That's a decent pull you'd have to give each limb, for each move.

Re:Cost of new technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25342005)

each hand or foot has to hold a bit more than a quarter of your body weight I'd demand that each be enough to hold my entire weight. You probably meant a more than a third, since you need to remove one limb in order to climb.

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#25342445)

Have you only got four limbs? Poor thing. :P

I guess I'm a sticky spot on the pavement. You're absolutely right.

Re:Cost of new technology (1)

b4upoo (166390) | more than 5 years ago | (#25334985)

Have you tried some of the new nano tube glues? They are expensive and you had better need the entire bottle as it turns into a rock upon being opened no matter how hard you try to seal the tube. In other words it is not only how well a glue sticks but how easy it is to use. I recently tried another high tech glue which sort of bubbles and oozes out of a joint even when applied lightly. It makes a yellow stain wherever it touches. It is useless.

Article is Annoying as Hell (1)

mpapet (761907) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333119)

I don't really care how "super" the glue may be.

The cover of the book may not be strong enough such that after sticking the book to 4x4mm patch, the book just falls off. The book will be on the floor with a ~4x4mm scar. The cover just isn't strong enough to defy gravity on a mere 4x4mm of glue.

A "spiderman" scenario suffers from the same complications. Except we're talking scarred fingertips. Ewww!

Re:Article is Annoying as Hell (3, Insightful)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333267)

So wear gloves and shoes that are tightly attached. You can hold yourself up normally by your fingers and toes, right? Problem solved.

Post is annoying as hell (4, Funny)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333399)

There are probably a few more uses for it than using a small pad to blue a book to a wall and to be spiderman. Don't be so obtuse.

$1000 Post-It notes, eh? (1)

DP1149 (1357167) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333333)

Watch next years' Department of Defense budget...it'll be a line item called "Military-Grade Reusable Adhesive Note-Taking Device".

Spiderman example warranted? (2, Insightful)

Gracenotes (1001843) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333343)

The Spiderman "application" may be useful for explaining the general function of the glue, but I wonder how it would fare in actual building-scaling. The fact that one only needs change the angle of the glue application area to detach it makes it seem too unreliable to use for holding up objects. I'd much rather be held 100 feet in the air by a cable than by a square inch of an adhesive (and in fact, I'd rather not be held in the air at all). This is just my intuition, of course, and not carefully researched. I'd be a lot happier seeing it used in other commercial applications—e.g., in the place of soldering—when/if it becomes commercial viable to do so.

Re:Spiderman example warranted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25336473)

and in fact, I'd rather not be held in the air at all

That's weird, I'd pass on the "much rather"s and settle for being held in the air by any means.

Didn't read summary but.. (5, Funny)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25333349)

I am so glad they came up with a new gecko adhesive. I haven't had good results nailing my geckos down, they eat the tape, and the natural gecko adhesive just doesn't cut it.

Re:Didn't read summary but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333727)

I am so glad they came up with a new gecko adhesive. I haven't had good results nailing my geckos down, they eat the tape, and the natural gecko adhesive just doesn't cut it.

Silly boy. That's because you have artificial geckos, not natural ones! This new adhesive was designed for people like you.

Re:Didn't read summary but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25335781)

This new adhesive was designed for people like you.

In fact, it's so easy a caveman can do it.

Did anyone else think.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25333375)

Did anyone else think that this meant the rendering engine "Gecko"..

I was wondering what they could glue it to that mozilla havent already

Space Shuttle fix? (2, Insightful)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 5 years ago | (#25334939)

This sounds like a perfect solution for adhering the tiles to the outside of the space shuttle, provided it can withstand the heat. Considering the glue would be on the back of the insulating tiles, does that mean the temperatures would be tolerable enough for it to work?

2 cents

Re:Space Shuttle fix? (1)

Fittysix (191672) | more than 5 years ago | (#25340397)

To my knowledge, it's not adhering the tiles that's so difficult, it's the fact that the tiles are very fragile, and tend to break chunks off themselves (likely leaving the adhesive behind)

Smarmy lizzard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25336787)

Isn't anyone else tired of that smarmy little green rodent yet?

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