Check out this gecko-esque robot from California!
StickybotIII is a cleverly designed robot that combines principles of mechanical and electrical engineering (and biology) to have the ability to climb vertical surfaces with ease. This little guy (well, not that little) can motor up vertical planes at a speed of 5cm/second. Its four legs each have four degrees of freedom and each motor has a local microprocessor (PIC) handling the servo control. It also uses a MMA7260Q accelerometer, Bluetooth UART, and a MicroSD for data logging function. Check out the video below to see the StickbotII in action! Props to Salomon and Stanford's Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab!