One day soon, mounting your flat-screen TV could be as easy as taping it to the wall.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are working to make that happen. They've created a new adhesive that mimics gecko feet, a design that enables it to hold up to 660 pounds of force on smooth surfaces.
Check out the video to see it successfully holding up a 40-pound TV. The best part? It can be easily removed without leaving behind residue -- and can even be reused.
How does it work? New Scientist explains:
The device consists of a silicone adhesive pad attached to the middle of a stiff fabric "tendon", mimicking a joint and allowing for flexibility of movement. The pad can be draped over a surface to maximise its contact area and increase its strength. Even on a vertical wall, it resists peeling off.
The material holds promise as a simple, durable alternative to existing dry adhesives. My only question: How much is a roll of this stuff going to cost?