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MIT Demonstrates Slithering Rubber Robot

MIT Demonstrates Slithering Rubber Robot | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"[...] The snake is proving to be a very versatile model when it comes to robotic biomimicry. Applications ranging from inspecting nuclear power plants toassembling aircraft and even exploring Mars have been identified for snake-like robots, but unlike these and many other robot designs, MIT's silicone rubber robot doesn’t have fixed-joints and the lack of mobility and flexibility they bring. Instead, this soft-shelled automaton is constructed with a group of hollow, individually inflatable channels ranged down either side of it that, when filled with air, change shape and bend that part of the arm in the required direction. Inflating or deflating these air pockets at various places on the arm means that it can be deformed into almost any curve or arc; a feat impossible with solid, fixed-joint machines."

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Slithering Robotic Snakes Repairs Jet Engines

Slithering Robotic Snakes Repairs Jet Engines | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Rolls-Royce is developing snake-like robots with their industrial partners as part of a European research project called MiRoR. New Scientist reports that the robots would be used to maneuver inside jet engines and repair any damage. They would be operated remotely, allowing experts to quickly fix any problems and reduce delays for passengers.

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