Webster, C, Jusufi, A & Liu, D 2017, 'A Comparative Survey of Climbing Robots and Arboreal Animals in Scaling Complex Environments', International Symposium on Robotics & Mechatronics, ISRM IFToMM, Sydney, Australia.
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.