Dynamic self-cleaning in gecko setae via digital hyperextension.

  title={Dynamic self-cleaning in gecko setae via digital hyperextension.},
  author={Shihao Hu and Stephanie Lopez and Peter H. Niewiarowski and Zhenhai Xia},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  volume={9 76},
Gecko toe pads show strong adhesion on various surfaces yet remain remarkably clean around everyday contaminants. An understanding of how geckos clean their toe pads while being in motion is essential for the elucidation of animal behaviours as well as the design of biomimetic devices with optimal performance. Here, we test the self-cleaning of geckos during locomotion. We provide, to our knowledge, the first evidence that geckos clean their feet through a unique dynamic self-cleaning mechanism… CONTINUE READING
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