The COINS center has made progress on two mobile platforms: a milli-crawler and a micro-hopper, as well as on a gecko-like nanofibrillar adhesive which is intended to provide all-terrain capability for the mobile platforms, as well as attaching tags to surfaces. For the milli-crawler, prototypes of legs and integrated platforms were used to better understand kinematic and dynamic issues of engaging gecko-like adhesives. For the micro-hopper, an inch worm motor was used to convert from electrical to stored mechanical spring energy. For the gecko-like adhesives, an array of hard polymer nanofibers showed high friction and shear adhesion with no normal adhesion. Linked above the major accomplishments under this thrust are summarized.

Motion Adhesion