Nature Recreated By Technology: Snake Robot

By Mayor James On 11 Aug, 2018 At 09:14 AM | Categorized As Electronics | With 0 Comment

Widening Circles of today will take you on a little journey of possibility when it comes to pure ingenuity.

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Did you ever stop to ask yourself why most of us envision the human form when we think of the word “Robot?” What if the real potential of robotics lies with thinking outside that box?

Having the flexibility and movements of a slithering reptile allows these robots to squeeze into spaces that their human-form, mechanical cousins, and we humans, haven’t been able to explore. They can do so much more! We will be able to identify structural problems in hidden places, perform minimally invasive surgery, and find survivors in fragile search and rescue missions (few scenarios for robots to be used).

This impressive innovation, which obviously has adopted its looks from a little friend in nature, is just one incredible example of bio mimicry; a growing field of science at the intersection of engineering, design, and biology.

After we get over the impulse to recoil from how snake-like it is, we can see that this robot has some incredible abilities and applications. Can you even imagine what it will be able to do to help us achieve even further development in robotics field.

Just think of the many dirty jobs that, performed by humans, endanger lives. Or the jobs that require access to small spaces, spaces that even conventional robots, with limbs or wheels, could never access. Consider the possibility of assisting in minimally-invasive surgery, for inspection of power plants, for aiding in search and rescue efforts, in archaeological digs.

When you think about all of the fields of work and disciplines of study in which we humans are engaged, and the number of associated problems we are trying to solve, it becomes clear that the snake robot has an immense amount of potential.

That’s a lot of “research and development” and “institutional knowledge” that we can tap into! And that’s essentially what the new field of science I mentioned – called “Biomimicry”, or in professional circles, “Biomimetics” – is doing to make the world a better place.

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