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thelostone
22-02-2012, 05:47 PM
Installing a theater-sized flat screen television may soon be as easy as taping it to the wall the way you would a movie poster.
It?s all made possible by Geckskin, a new invention that can hold up objects as heavy as 700 pounds on a smooth wall. The brainchild of researchers at the University of Massachusetts, the adhesive pad can be released with negligible effort and used over and over again without losing strength. The researchers demonstrated its gripping power by sticking a 42-inch television to a wall, releasing it with a gentle tug and re-sticking it to another surface without leaving any sticky residue.
Like many other super-adhesives in development, the idea came from mimicking the gravity-defying clinging abilities of the gecko. Other examples of gecko-inspired adhesives include geckel, a material that combines a gecko-properties with a synthetic glue-like material found in mussels and a ?Super tape? that?s strong enough to support the weight of a full grown man.
Holding up 700-pound objects, however, is taking adhesive muscle to a whole other level entirely. The difference with Geckskin is that while previous efforts modeled their designs based on the suction qualities of microscopic hairs on the lizard?s toes called setae, the researchers took a different approach that went beyond the legendary gecko-feet.
?A gecko?s foot has several interacting elements, including tendons, bones and skin, that work together to produce easily reversible adhesion, researcher Duncan Irschick explained.
Instead, they created an integrated adhesive by using a soft pad woven into a stiff fabric, allowing the pad to ?drape? over a surface to maximize contact. Further, as with natural gecko feet, the skin is woven into a synthetic ?tendon,? yielding a design that plays a key role in maintaining stiffness and rotational freedom, according to the researchers. The Geckskin pad also uses simple everyday materials such as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), which holds promise for developing an inexpensive, strong and durable dry adhesive.
The researchers hope to improve their Geckskin design by drawing on lessons from the evolution of gecko feet, which has a widely varied anatomy.
?It?s a concept that has not been considered in other design strategies,? said Alfred Crosby, professor of polymer science and engineering. ?One that may open up new research avenues in gecko-like adhesion in the future.?

Diablo13
22-02-2012, 09:57 PM
Fascinating!
I would like to see this kind of technology used, for example, to hold car batteries in place, instead of the usually awkward and quickly rusted clamps in use today?
I'm sure there would be many applications for this, like wall mounting speakers as well.
The one aspect which worries me slightly when it comes to mounting large flat screen tv's though, is the mounting surface?
Most walls have a paper or paint covering over the plaster, which means the tv would be stuck to the covering ie. paint, rather than the wall itself!
With the plethora of safe bolted on mounting systems available these days, it might take a brave man to just stick his expensive telly on the wall!
It is a great idea though, especially if it is easily dismounted, .................I could see it being great on kids clothes for instance, where if they ran around and wouldn't behave, you could just hang them on the wall knowing they were not getting into mischief?
:genius: :hyst:

notanotherone
23-02-2012, 12:05 AM
I want one

Pejazzle
23-02-2012, 01:02 AM
Fascinating!
I would like to see this kind of technology used, for example, to hold car batteries in place, instead of the usually awkward and quickly rusted clamps in use today?
I'm sure there would be many applications for this, like wall mounting speakers as well.
The one aspect which worries me slightly when it comes to mounting large flat screen tv's though, is the mounting surface?
Most walls have a paper or paint covering over the plaster, which means the tv would be stuck to the covering ie. paint, rather than the wall itself!
With the plethora of safe bolted on mounting systems available these days, it might take a brave man to just stick his expensive telly on the wall!
It is a great idea though, especially if it is easily dismounted, .................I could see it being great on kids clothes for instance, where if they ran around and wouldn't behave, you could just hang them on the wall knowing they were not getting into mischief?
:genius: :hyst:

Evil but great idea!

alanjg007
23-02-2012, 07:46 AM
I could fulfil my childhood dream of becoming spiderman. I could really climb walls and wear the costume and not just wear the costume like i do now lmaopmsl

notanotherone
23-02-2012, 02:07 PM
I could fulfil my childhood dream of becoming spiderman. I could really climb walls and wear the costume and not just wear the costume like i do now lmaopmsl

now your gonna have to tell us more pmsl

Diablo13
23-02-2012, 10:10 PM
He's an erection specialist!




He puts up satellite dishes, crawling up the wall in his Spidey suit! roflmao

thelostone
24-02-2012, 11:24 AM
I want one

What a pad or a 42" tv? lol