Construction Technology Company Hausbots Makes a Robot That Climbs Walls

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Robison Wells
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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 onthe top. The device can drive straight up walls.

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

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

Hausbots designed the HB1 (Video Link Here) with patent-pending wall climbingtechnology that allows it to crawl up any surface texture, from smooth glass torough 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, whichallows the four-wheeled robot to scale vertical surfaces as high as 30 metersoff the ground. However, if connected to a tether from the top of thestructure, the HB1 can scale a building of any height. The robot sucks in airfrom 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 forthe robot, including a paintbrush roller, a robot arm, concrete surveyingequipment, and an airless sprayer. It can haul a payload of 6 kilograms.

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