Construction Technology Company Hausbots Makes a Robot That Climbs Walls

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Hausbots offers a new tool that must be seen to be believed: a robot that looks similar to a small four-wheeled car with two large vents on the top. The device can drive straight up walls.

Though the current design, the HB1 Automated Wall-Climbing Robot, may not be the most efficient way to paint the underside of eaves or tops of columns, it does represent a step forward in robotics technology that will eventually reduce the need for ladder work.

"Knowing that falls represent the majority of injuries and deaths on a construction site," Hausbot said in a press release, "we are working with solutions which will take workers out of harm's way and use robots to take care of many overhead jobs."

Hausbots designed the HB1 (Video Link Here) with patent-pending wall climbing technology that allows it to crawl up any surface texture, from smooth glass to rough stucco to corrugated metal. It can operate on surfaces that are not flat, such as columns and pillars. Hausbots uses 42 kilograms of suction force, which allows the four-wheeled robot to scale vertical surfaces as high as 30 meters off the ground. However, if connected to a tether from the top of the structure, the HB1 can scale a building of any height. The robot sucks in air from the underside and vents it through two high-powered fans on the back, creating downforce that makes the HB1 adhere to the wall.

Hausbot, as proof of concept, has created attachments for the robot, including a paintbrush roller, a robot arm, concrete surveying equipment, and an airless sprayer. It can haul a payload of 6 kilograms.

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