ACM-R4H Snake Robot Duct Inspector

The ACM-R4H robot is a specialized snake bot that is used for duct inspection. Created by Japanese robotics company HiBot, this little snakelike robot is easy to learn how to use.

( ACM-R4H duct inspector robot )

The ACM-R4H robot, designed for remote inspection and surveillance in confined environments, uses small wheels to move but it can slither and undulate and even raise its head like a cobra.

The new robot, which is half a meter long and weighs in at 4.5 kilograms, carries a camera and LEDs on its head for image acquisition and can be fitted with other end-effectors such as mechanical grippers or thermo/infrared vision systems.

Despite its seemingly complex motion capabilities, "the control of the robot is quite simple and doesn't require too much training," says robotics engineer and HiBot cofounder Michele Guarnieri.

"All [degrees of freedom] can be easily controlled by a game-style joystick, including the motion of recovering from an upside-down position."

(ACM-R4H snake bot duct inspector robot)

What might the distant descendant of ACM-R4H look like? Consider the Sentinel duct inspector robots in the Matrix movies.

(Duct-diving Sentinel robots from The Matrix)

Via IEEE Spectrum.

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