The non-profit group SRI International is designing a wall-climbing robot to be unveil it at the International Conference of Robotics and Automation. Popular Mechanics has a video of it climbing on a lot of common building materials. The robot uses electro-adhesion to stick to the wall — is the same technology robots are already using to pick up silicon wafers on assembly lines.
If this thing works out, the applications are endless, wall climbing attack droid, toys, surveillance, and search and rescue just to name a few.
[via Popular Mechanics]