[aarontech] hmm this looks interesting

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  • Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 15:27:08 -0400

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Snake-arm robot works in tight quarters | Military Tech - Mark Rutherford looks 
at how the military merges with the digital age - CNET News.com Military Tech 
Subscribe to Military Tech                                    August 19, 2008 
6:09 AM PDT               Snake-arm robot works in tight quarters               
   Posted by  Mark Rutherford (Credit: OC Robotics) 
A UK company has developed what it calls the smallest snake-arm robot ever, one 
that is flexible and compliant, like an endoscope, but fully controllable and, 
like a robot, can be precisely positioned. 
  The unit will be tested by the US Department of Defense by conducting 
inspections and work inside confined or cluttered spaces. 
  When not in use, the robot coils-up into a briefcase-sized box where it is 
stowed.  This robot has no "elbows", which allows it "follow its nose" while 
maneuvering in tight quarters; according to the developer Bristol based  OC 
Robotics . Unlike conventional industrial robots, which are virtually useless 
"because their elbows get in the way." ( Videos ) 
     The snake-arm is 24" long, with longer units on the way. The tendon-driven 
arm is comprised of vertebrae, similar to a human spine, with wires terminating 
at various points along its length. The result is that an operator with a 
joystick can independently control each of the segments. ( PDF ) 
        The company envisions dozen of uses for the new snake-bot, including 
aerospace assembly, nuclear inspection and a variant of invasive surgical 
called "natural orifice surgery." Yeeoow. (Credit: OC Robotics)

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