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Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin
2/5/2013

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Dr. Gavin Miller designed snake robots like this one using his own funding. He wanted to find out how the highly variable methods snake use to navigate different types of terrain could be applied to robotics. The goal was to develop robots that could take samples, carry sensors, and even make physical changes in different environments, primarily as search-and-rescue aids. Unlike some other robots in this slideshow, Miller's are untethered, so they must carry their own computers and batteries, and they can be easily controlled remotely. SnakeRobots.com shows several generations of Miller's experiments, as well as simulations he developed to refine locomotion strategies. (Source: Gavin Miller/SnakeRobots.com)
Dr. Gavin Miller designed snake robots like this one using his own funding. He wanted to find out how the highly variable methods snake use to navigate different types of terrain could be applied to robotics. The goal was to develop robots that could take samples, carry sensors, and even make physical changes in different environments, primarily as search-and-rescue aids. Unlike some other robots in this slideshow, Miller's are untethered, so they must carry their own computers and batteries, and they can be easily controlled remotely. SnakeRobots.com shows several generations of Miller's experiments, as well as simulations
he developed to refine locomotion strategies.
(Source: Gavin Miller/SnakeRobots.com)

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Concolor44
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Re: Fear of snakes.
Concolor44   2/5/2014 9:21:57 AM
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Or you can fear neither.

Snakes are just cool. Of course, since I live in North America I don't really have any to be especially afraid of. There are only a few venomous snakes, and it's unlikely that a bite would be fatal in any case. If I lived in Australia, where Every Other Stinking Thing You Meet wants to kill you -- and can -- it would be different. The Common Brown snake (so called because it is dirt colored and very common) is the fifth most lethal snake on the planet. I don't even want to VISIT.

Spiders, by and large, are fun. I think the orb weavers and garden spiders are gorgeous. They have such interesting patterns, and they make great inroads on the flying-pest population. Wolf spiders are great to have around outside. And the little jewel-like jumping spiders are fun to play with. They tickle the hairs on the backs of my fingers. Black Widows and I have an understanding: we leave each other alone. I actually encourage them to nest under the house, since they are swift death to roaches and I prefer biological warfare over bug bombs. If they get in the house, I just move 'em back to the crawlspace.

Those brown, spindly spiders, though? They die. Period. They are toxic to humans and basically have no redeeming features, prefering to hide where you are going to put your hands or feet, and bite with little provocation.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Fear of snakes.
Ann R. Thryft   8/26/2013 1:27:08 PM
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I agree about snake locomotion. I've seen it explained and dissected and diagrammed a lot of times, but to see it in action still amazes me.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Fear of snakes.
Ann R. Thryft   8/26/2013 1:25:47 PM
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Ken, interesting point about fear of snakes. Actually, only some people fear them. I'm not one of them. But spiders absolutely creep me out, and not everyone has that fear either. Some people think it's like a gene allele: you either fear one or the other, but not both.

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Fear of snakes.
Ken E.   8/23/2013 9:55:39 AM
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My kid (thus I) had snakes as 'pets', but it never occurred to me that one might some day get the paper for me!

That said, a 'fear' of snakes is pretty strong and innate in the general population, and I admit to a few internal shudders when looking at these photos. 

Real snake locomotion is trully wondrous.  I've seen them go right up the trunk of a tree, literally 'look ma, no hands!'.  Amazing.  I truly admire anyone attempting to mimic it mechanically, they have their work cut out for them.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Fascinating
Ann R. Thryft   2/12/2013 4:56:08 PM
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Thanks, Cabe. About half the snakes in this slideshow are aimed at surgical apps the same as the one at the link you posted.



apresher
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apresher   2/12/2013 9:56:35 AM
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Now if Chuck is going to bring the lawyers into the discussion, that might kill a series of threads for comments.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Dated?
Ann R. Thryft   2/11/2013 8:00:32 PM
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You're right of course, Chuck. I forgot all about those darn lawyers.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   2/8/2013 6:16:28 PM
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I'm sure kids would prefer a metal slinky, Ann. But the lawyers woudn't.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Fascinating
Ann R. Thryft   2/8/2013 1:09:12 PM
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robatnorcross, I had a similar thought, although I'm not afraid of snakes--unless they're venomous, that is. This one's "skin" pattern is camouflage, but it looks a lot like some venomous western rattlers I've seen. Even without fear of snakes, this would still give one pause if you were trapped and couldn't move.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/8/2013 11:45:56 AM
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Plastic?! My Slinky was metal, too, and I don't remember any clamps. We were too tough to need that stuff :)



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