Carnegie Mellon Scientists Create Snake Robot That Can Crawl Up Your Leg

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What do you get when you cross a snake with a robot? Howie Choset and the rest of the wily geniuses at Biorobotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University have created snakebots that can move by sidewinding, corkscrewing, rolling ... and as you can see in the video clip, can also climb up your leg (yikes!)

All of us at Neatorama would like to be the first to welcome our new robot snake overlord: Link - via Suicide Bots

Previously on Neatorama: Snakebot and other robotic snakes

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I can see this working for a lot of 'spy' applications... for instance, snaking into duct work w/ a camera attached to check out a scene before sending in people (I guess it would depend on the noise factor though.)

The one in the THAT would be an expensive lure for crocs & gators.

Can you imagine Samuel L. Jackson doing "Robotic Snakes on A Plane"?! hehehe!!
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The tethers are probably a combination of data feedback and power source. Once they get all the bugs out and develop a lightweight battery system for it, I'd imagine these are good to go. I'm sure they could coat one side of the snake in tiny solar cells, and then it could get on top of a building or a rock and "sun" itself like a real snake.

Very neat.
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