Robotics/ Security

Modular Snake Robots

Carnegie Mellon University

Finally, a snake even Indiana Jones could appreciate. Designed to help with everything from rescue missions to routine plumbing maintenance, the modular snake-bot uses a variety of gaits, some authentically snakelike and some decidedly unnatural, to slither or swim in even the most precarious environments. Roughly 36 inches long, each bot consists of inexpensive servo motors connected by cables and guided by remote control. With a camera affixed to its serpentine body, it can provide visibility in places where humans and larger, less agile robots just don’t fit.