From the very start, the aim of this project was to give humans the ability
to traverse horizontal or overhanging walls and ceilings like a Gecko.
This should be done as naturally as possible with little hindrance and
independently from outside energy sources. The project started with
technical-physical calculations, followed by ergonomical design studies,
computer-aided planning and experiments.

Today, the "gekkomat" is a fully autonomous machine which enables a
man to move about on various surfaces (horizontal and overhanging).
The technique is based upon a combination of vacuum and friction
principles. The "gekkomat" is comprised of a central energy unit which is
worn on the back of the "gekkonaut" and four vacuum pads attached to
his hands and feet. So now it is possible: "To Climb like a Gecko"!