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29 comments

The downside... (1)

Chapter80 (926879) | more than 2 years ago | (#37931780)

Oh great, now we're going to have robots trying to sell us car insurance? [geico.com]

Re:The downside... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37931820)

Well why not? We've basically got robots [wikipedia.org] trying to sell us everything else already...

Re:The downside... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37932128)

Old Glory Robot Insurance.
For when the metal ones come for YOU.

Space Elevator Challange? (2)

angel'o'sphere (80593) | more than 2 years ago | (#37931878)

Looks like such a thing could be a nice climber for those space elevator contests.

Fix your damn browser! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37931972)

THEN you can go building robots!

Re:Fix your damn browser! (1)

Ozeroc (1146595) | more than 2 years ago | (#37932050)

Ha ha... Gecko inspired... That was my first thought when reading the title too...

Robotic overlords (0)

mgf64 (1467083) | more than 2 years ago | (#37932112)

I for one welcome our new wall climbing overloards

Re:Robotic overlords (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37932188)

I don't want my overlords climbing on walls!

Re:Robotic overlords (1)

skids (119237) | more than 2 years ago | (#37934130)

...to clean the cobwebs while they are up there. And make me a sandwich.

Really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37932118)

This could be a very good idea
awesome

lol Very good (1)

sillyphil140 (2499768) | more than 2 years ago | (#37932158)

will this work??

Re:lol Very good (4, Funny)

BattleApple (956701) | more than 2 years ago | (#37934814)

fucking Van der Waals force. How does it work?

Re:lol Very good (2)

Spectre (1685) | more than 2 years ago | (#37938754)

der On-Der-Walls force?

interesting application (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37932204)

Wall-crawling robot +
wireless webcam +
hot girl on the top floor of the building next to mine who rarely closes her curtains...

Re:interesting application (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37932230)

Allow me to finish that:

= restraining order + one month jail sentence

Runs on SuSE Linux (1)

knotprawn (1935752) | more than 2 years ago | (#37932228)

At least, that's what I heard

Katamari Gecko (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37932450)

Am I the only one who read the Slashdot article title and immediately thought of real-life Katamari Damacy?

I was really hoping for a robotic gecko that looked like Prince and could roll up... well, everything.

"This sky is not pretty at all. It's rough and masculine. Possibly sweaty..."

Re:Katamari Gecko (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37933258)

FUUUUUN fun, fun fun fun......

Re:Katamari Gecko (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37937650)

I did momentarily wonder why anyone would want a rolled-up wall...

Similar article on slashdot from 2008 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37932674)

Very similar, though different technology.
The article from 2008 was about using electric charges to keep the robot on walls.
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/08/05/28/2239219/new-robots-developed-to-climb-walls

There's still hope for another sequel! (1)

Dreth (1885712) | more than 2 years ago | (#37932702)

Short Circuit 3: Johnny Climbs

Spider-Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37932798)

Now make a Spider-Man suit with it.

BFD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37933034)

Rolling up walls is pretty cool, but webkit-inspired robots can draw web pages!

Sorry, that's the best I could come up with. Yes, I'll be here all week. Sorry..

Ceiling Robot Is Watching You... (1)

DanCentury (110562) | more than 2 years ago | (#37933626)

Ceiling Robot Is Watching You...

Unimpressed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37933662)

combine the mechanism geckos use to stick to walls with the simplicity of a tank tread

 
Call me when they make an Abrams that can do that.

What this is really aimed at... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37935628)

Is clearly the US Military. Right now, the Army/Marines are throwing money at man-portable robots like crazy. Anyone who can come up with some semi-plausable improvement to the existing robots (which are bulky, seldom hold a charge for 8 hours, and known to have a poor center of gravity so they often land on their side) can get a $2M grant from DARPA just by mocking up a non-functional prototype at this point.

Granted, this seems like an actual improvement. I mean, I can see how throwing the robot through a window and having it stick to a wall on impact (if combined with some really good sound dampeners and/or shock absorbers) could allow troops to deploy one of these without letting the occupants inside know it's there. That along is a very meaningful upgrade to the existing systems. Still, this is clearly DARPA grant-bait.

Cabling projects (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37936014)

Shrink it a little, add LED headlights, a small camera and a spool of high-strength fishing line, and you've got a great tool for running new cables through existing walls and ceilings.

Who WOULDN'T want one of these?

Icon (1)

slyrat (1143997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37937638)

Shouldn't a story all about a robot have the robot icon? Seems strange to have the hardware icon in this case.

And it can save you 15% on your car insurance! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37943084)

The robot can climb walls AND save you up to 15% on your car insurance. Brilliant!

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