From the biorobotics lab at Carnegie Mellon University comes this modular snake robot. According to the researchers, using the form of a snake allows the robot to navigate freely in many different environments, including networks of pipes and the gaps between walls. It can also climb stairs and trees.
The researchers say that one of the main reasons the snake is being developed is to assist in disaster recovery by mapping out hard to reach areas.
The snake could one day become the pet of ATLAS, the 6-foot, 330 pound humanoid robot by Boston Dynamics that is also being developed to assist in disaster recovery.
To see more videos of the modular snake in action, head to Carnegie Mellon Biorobotics.
Top images: The modular snake climbs a tree. Note these GIFs have been sped up. Courtesy Carnegie Mellon University.