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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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robatnorcross
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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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Re: robotic snakes
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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Re: robotic snakes
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

 

apresher
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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.




Ann R. Thryft
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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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Rectal Applications
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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Re: Creeping and crawly
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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