With nothing more than a puff of air, this creepy robot can manoeuvre itself into an insane variety of places.
Built by researchers at Stanford University, this robot is essentially a plastic tube connected to an air pump. It moves by essentially turning itself inside out, and then drawing material from inside itself to extend it’s shape – kind of like those snake-toys from the 1990’s. A second version employed a chamber on each end, letting the bot to turn.
Robots designed after snakes are nothing new, but this one was different
The Robo-Tube’s design is quite ingenious – it’s outer ‘layer’ remains stationary instead of needing to move or slide around. In early tests, the robot could extend from a compressed 11 inches to over 200 feet and was able to carry objects inside itself, such as a length of wire to deliver cable, serve as an antenna, or even carry water to put out a hard-to-reach fire.
Researchers see is as being used to search through rubble, serve as a catheter, or deliver devices inside the human body.
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