Gecko-Inspired Adhesive Lets Your Flat-Screen TV Cling to the Wall Like a Lizard

Gecko-Inspired Adhesive Lets Your Flat-Screen TV Cling to the Wall Like a Lizard

Linda Ly
Mar 20, 2012

Renters rejoice! In the not-too-distant future, you'll be able to hang your flat-screen TV (or that behemoth artwork or massive mirror) with nary a nail or anchor in the wall. The secret is an uber-adhesive called Geckskin.

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have recently developed a device called Geckskin. This rubber-and-fabric invention was modeled after the superpowers of a 5-ounce gecko, whose feet can produce an adhesive force similar to carrying 9 pounds up a wall without slipping. The secret lies in the gecko's tendons, which work in tandem with its bones and skin to produce a reversible adhesion that lets its feet stick to a wall without fluids.

Geckskin is about the size of an index card and capable of holding 700 pounds. Just like gecko feet, Geckskin is reusable and leaves no residue on the surface — so no worries if you find your flat-screen askew. Just peel it off and smack it back on, supposedly.

The only downside is that in its current state, Geckskin will only work on smooth surfaces. For those of you in pre-war walk-ups with patched and painted walls, you'll have to stick — no pun intended — with the tried-and-true mounting methods. For now.

Read More: Scientists create 'Geckskin', can hold 700 pounds on wall at Digital Journal

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