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Robot crawls with aid of snakelike skin

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The snake’s ambulatory secret is its special belly scales, which grip a surface like cleat spikes to help the reptile push forward. And now that secret has made it into robotics. Researchers report today in Science Robotics that they’ve designed an inflatable robot with its own scales that automatically pop out to get that grip. Even cooler still: The scientists laser-cut different shapes of scales, from circles to triangles to trapezoids, and it turns out that not all shapes are created equal.

https://www.wired.com/story/snakelike-skin-gives-a-robot-the-power-to-crawl/

 

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Stiff

That's pretty cool. I usually have an aversion to snakes but I think I could live with these ones. (As long as they don't give them eyes.)

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LV-426
52 minutes ago, Stiff said:

That's pretty cool. I usually have an aversion to snakes but I think I could live with these ones. (As long as they don't give them eyes.)

What about big, pointy, venomous fangs?

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I know... I have a mean streak a mile wide :devil:

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Stiff
32 minutes ago, LV-426 said:

What about big, pointy, venomous fangs?

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Sundew

Oh great, now they'll have to make a robotic mongoose. 

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