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Snakebot Conquers Obstacle Course
Take a look at this amazing new video that shows Carnegie Mellon's snake robot making its way through a pretty tough obstacle course.
Carnegie Mellon snake robot)
Carnegie Mellon snake robot has an amazing number of different gaits and motions: Linear Progression, Sidewinding, Rolling, Swimming, Channel Climbing, Pipe/Tube Climbing, Pole Climbing, Cornering, and Pipe Rolling.
The amazing capabilities of the CMU snake robot makes me think of the
robot snake spy from Greg Bear's excellent recent novel . In the story, the snake robot spy is released a significant distance away from its target; it must successfully navigate all the way to its rendezvous with an agent.
Greg Bear's fictional snake robot does have a few features that the CMU snakebot lacks:
The coil on the table appeared to be a snake - tan and brown with black specks and a spade-shaped head. It did not look alive and it did not look dead.
...He reached down and partially uncoiled the snake, then squeezed its middle. A small hatch popped open, giving a glimpse of gleaming steel ribs and wires. He placed the tube inside the snake, then closed the hatch.
"The snake has hi-res terrain mapping tied in with augmented GPS, and in this model, face and voice recognition... Within sight of a targeted individual - I mean, the intended individual - it will make an audible announcement and open its hatch."
CMU snake roboticists are taking notes...
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