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Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Dated?
Elizabeth M   2/8/2013 10:36:28 AM
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Ah, I wondered about the Slinky and actually suspected it might still be out there amusing children and adults alike! So I guess I'm not so old after all. ;)

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Dated?
Corona Rich   2/8/2013 9:52:23 AM
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Yes, slinkys are still around.  The one I bought my kids years back was plastic.

MY slinky was metal, and didn't have one of those sissy clamps on each end to keep you from poking yourself.

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Charles Murray   2/7/2013 7:38:54 PM
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Liz, I believe Slinkies still exist, don't they? So we'll cut you some slack on the issue of that being a "dated" observation.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/7/2013 12:11:02 PM
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Everything dates everyone, doesn't it? But I'm with you--I can imagine an engineer looking at Slinky's movements and wondering how to motorize and automate them. First there's a design that uses a helical shape, gravity, and momentum, and then the big jump to motors.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/7/2013 12:10:33 PM
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Chuck, I agree--that's one of the applications on a general level: inspecting things in nuclear power plants.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/7/2013 4:10:21 AM
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Exactly! That was my first thought, too! I guess that dates us, doesn't it? But it is interesting to see how the movement of that simple toy was a precursor for what's being done in robotics...and that toy moved simply on design alone without actuators. I guess you never know where inspiration will come from or how these things evolve.

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Charles Murray   2/6/2013 10:10:53 PM
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Still, I'm sure it would have been useful at the Fukushima nuclear plant, Ann.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2013 4:56:46 PM
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Here's a shorter link to a video of that Israeli army spy snake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t2nFHjtIJQ

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Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2013 4:55:19 PM
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That's cute--I thought it was cammo.The head also looks a bit like it resembles a gas-mask.

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Cabe Atwell   2/6/2013 4:28:44 PM
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Don't forget the snake/worm robots in surgery. http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=258121

 

That sort of mobility will push the medical field into new, and I imagine uncomfortable, areas.

 

C

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