At their present incarnation this species of bot being developed by Carnegie Mellon look like interconnected beer cans. That is, until you see them in action.
What these prototypes have over the competition—your average humanoid/apelike bot designs—is their adaptability. Able to swim, climb, and slither into nooks and crannies, the robots can go places most of their peers can’t.
Currently being tested for its potential in a wide variety of roles, once the robot snakes are perfected, expect them in a disaster zone near you. Given the right instruments and programming, the serpentine robots can assist in surgery (!), disarm IEDs, climb obstacles and even swim to anyone’s rescue.
Creepy, no? It kinda reminds us of those man-killing hydrobots from Terminator Salvation swarming toward Christian Bale after his helicopter crashed.
But rest assured a far more benign purpose awaits these snakes. Unless SkyNet takes over, of course.
Via GearlogFiled Under: Technology News