A USA Today article mentions how
snake robots may aid homeland security. Penn State University
the snake robots at their first Keystone Homeland Security University
summit. The serpentine robots
are a project of
University which is
one of the members of the research alliance. The snakebots can slither
into tight spots,
roll over rough terrain, or lift and bend to do things like
with its camera and other sensors. These snake robots are also able to
aid in locating
land mines and assessing contamination at waste storage sites.
More snake robot articles: Global Technoscan,
U Info + News.
People never cease to amaze me..
If you could attain the level of flexibility and traction possessed by
an ordinary garden snake, it would be nearly the perfect robotic
It could go about anywhere, turn on a dime, climb stairs, navigate
complex obstacles.. Do nearly anything you wanted it to.
I see allot of these articles where someone, someplace is trying very
hard to duplicate a particular animal's or insect's locomotion to gain
an advantage in diverse conditions, but IMO, this is one of the best and
most versatile concepts yet.
Just a genuinely neat idea..