Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Army's New Robotic Tentacle Manipulator Uses Teams of Snakebots to Manipulate Objects | Popular Science
The Army's New Robotic Tentacle Manipulator Uses Teams of Snakebots to Manipulate Objects | Popular Science: "But the snakes also work in groups, acting more like fingers or the tentacles of an octopus. Arranging several of them on a circular base creates an array that can gingerly pick up, rotate, and inspect an IED or possibly even open a door -- a seemingly simple task that falls outside the capabilities of most robotic platforms. Its touch sensitivity allows it to do delicate work -- you don't want to squeeze a live munition, for instance -- yet in tandem the snakes could be reasonably strong."