Snake-like robot puts an eye on hard-to-reach places

10/30/2013 | ASME.org

A many-jointed snake-like robot dubbed Max is being used in nuclear plant inspections but may open other fields for robotics. The robot's lead developer, Howie Choset, a robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, says his creation replaces a borescope and can be used to inspect a number of areas in industry that currently go unmonitored. Beyond that, Max's algorithms may find uses outside narrow passageways, such as in the complex robotic movements required to paint a car, writes Ariana Marini.

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