This paper presents a method to measure gripping force of a bipedal wall-climbing robot (WCR) with spiny toe pads. The spiny toe pad is designed based on inspiration of an insect’s tarsal system. Each foot of the robot consists of a pair of opposed linear spiny arrays. The foot employs a pulley system to actuate the arrays via four pairs of tension and compression springs. Two Hall effect sensors are embedded into the robot feet to sense the gripping force by detecting the linear deformation of the springs. The two Hall effect sensors are calibrated and the relationship between the voltage signal output of the sensors and displacement is established before measuring gripping force. Then the consistency and accuracy of Hall effect sensor measurement method are verified by comparing with a commercial force sensor. A horizontal crawling test of the WCR is carried out and the gripping force verse time when the WCR moves. The experimental results show that the measured force history is in accordance with the actual movement states.

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