Clothes are for climbing: Clothbot

Behold Clothbot, a small machine that climbs clothing:

The inventors presented technical details:

“System and Design of Clothbot: a Robot for Flexible Clothes Climbing,” Yuanyuan Liu, Xinyu Wu, Huihuan Qian, Duan Zheng, Jianquan Sun and Yangsheng Xu [Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese University of Hong Kong], paper presented at 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, in St. Paul, Minn.

Evan Ackerman described it, in IEEE Spectrum.