A Comparative Survey of Climbing Robots and Arboreal Animals in Scaling Complex Environments

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The inchworm style climbing robots in current literature will only take us so far in regard to the robotic maintenance of transmission towers. To continue to push towards developing robots that can perform work in reticular structures we must consider a broader spectrum of animals for inspiration. The abilities of Primates in climbing have long been a benchmark in climbing standards, but due to the mechanical and control complexity associated with their development, they are seldom developed. Birds on the other hand offer an alternate solution, utilising less degrees-of-freedom whilst maintaining stability and manoeuvrability. These ancient arboreal specialists may hold they keys to unlocking the next stage in the development of climbing robotics. This work presents lessons learned from a review on primates as well as some preliminary observations on the climbing capabilities of parrots.
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