Patent Number: 7,086,502

Title: Transport apparatus and method having conformable gripping capability

Abstract: A transport apparatus for transporting materials or objects on substantially vertical structures for installation, deployment, inspection and repair purposes includes gripping mechanisms having a conformable gripping portion. The gripping mechanisms are separated by links, which are mutually attached to each other to permit angular rotation of the links relative to each other about a pivot point. A latching mechanism provides the capability for the gripping portion to be opened as well as secured for operation.

Inventors: Yim; Mark H. (Palo Alto, CA), Roufas; Kimon D. (Cambridge, MA), Eldershaw; Craig (Tarragindi, AU)

Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated

International Classification: A63B 27/00 (20060101); E04G 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018