Search robot can writhe like a snake into tight, dangerous spots

07/10/2013 | Network World

A snakelike 37-inch camera-toting robot developed at Carnegie Mellon University can power its way through rubble and small pipes, improving on earlier technologies depending on direct human guidance, according to researchers. "Our robot can go places people can't, particularly in areas of power plants that are radioactively contaminated. It can go up and around multiple bends, something you can't do with a conventional borescope, a flexible tube that can only be pushed through a pipe like a wet noodle," said Carnegie robotics professor Howie Choset.

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