Monday, November 05, 2007

Sticky Feet

Gecko Tape may have a competitor in Sticky Feet, a reusable, washable tape able to adhere to dusty surfaces without a problem because scientists have finally learned how insects stick to walls.

"researchers call the material “insect tape” because its adhesive properties come from a pattern of microstructures that are inspired by insect feet. The team, composed of evolutionary biomaterials researchers from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) in Stuttgart, Germany, and biologically inspired robotics researchers from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, US, analyzed more than 300 different species of insects to determine the optimal properties for a man-made adhesive."

Needless to say, this product will sell like crazy if it works as intended and the price point makes the item affordable.

Addendum: I bet Sticky Feet will be one of the monikers manufacturers use when marketing this product, especially if they use an outrageous graphic like the one seen at the top of this article. "Insect Tape" just doesn't cut it in these days of excessive hype and endless sloganeering.

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