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Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin

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Re: Fascinating
robatnorcross   2/6/2013 3:40:55 PM
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I'm not sure which is worse. Slowly dieing while trapped under the rubble of a building or seeing a mechanical snake monster approaching you and you can't get away.

sensor pro
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sensor pro   2/6/2013 3:10:48 PM
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I found a video from news on the same subject.

Enjoy.

http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KLqINQuBJRukIAJTP7w8QF;_ylu=X3oDMTBvcXNvNnBqBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDVjEzMw--?p=israeli+snake+spy&vid=924908f01a3b026f4514dbb41911fda3&l=&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts2.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DV.4996508118679577%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D4yDTlToPyOc&tit=Israeli%26%2339%3Bs+Invent+a+Robotic+Spy+Snake&c=0&sigr=11a478smb&&tt=b

 

 

the link is a bit too long.

sensor pro
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sensor pro   2/6/2013 3:03:55 PM
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If needed, i can get that info, however my guess it is not natural skin. It is camo, as I saw them in sand color also.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2013 2:47:54 PM
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sensor pro, thanks for that link. That snake robot, and its uses, look quite similar to some of the search-and-rescue snake/worm/bots in this slideshow. But--I wonder if that's a cammo skin pattern, or a natural snake skin pattern? I can't tell from the low-res photo.

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robotic snakes
sensor pro   2/6/2013 2:24:12 PM
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Israeli military is using spy snakes for about 5 years. It is very effective in a vegetation covered areas. here are afew nice articles on he net showing that use.

FYI:  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/131807#.URKtq2kkTx4

 

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Snake-like
apresher   2/6/2013 2:13:55 PM
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Several actually look snake-like.  They just aren't menacing.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Bad shape
Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2013 11:58:34 AM
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Battar, I'm not afraid of snakes (but don't even ask me about tarantulas), although many people are. That's a good point about military applications, though, and could apply to search-and-rescue ops, also. Fortunately most of these don't actually look much like real snakes, with the exception of MIT's Meshworm.




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Re: Creeping and crawly
Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2013 11:55:23 AM
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Elizabeth, funny you should mention Slinky :) The Slim Slime reminded me of the old Slinky toy as soon as I saw the photo.

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Corona Rich   2/6/2013 10:42:50 AM
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I'm wondering if an appropriate version would be available for my next colonoscopy.  I don't go under sedation for them, and as a side benefit I get to enjoy watching the video. 

It does feel kind of strange when the 'scope has to go around corners, and a device with proactive flexibility such as this would be an improvement.

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bdcst   2/6/2013 9:59:39 AM
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Yes, we've come a long way since the Slinky which was invented in 1940.  Back then microprocessors, let alone mainframe computers, did not exist.  A simple material, sand, manipulated in complex ways has made it possible to provide the intelligence and electrical control required to drive the imaginative tools of the 21st century.

I was in awe of the electronic tablets depicted in Stanley Kubrick's film "2001 A Space Odyssey."  Back in the last century that hardware seemed so futuristic.  Who would have imagined the iPad with far greater capabilities becoming a must have personal eReader, camera, and mobile computer a short time past 2001?

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