Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Word With The Inventor Of The Battlefield Snakebot And The Wall-Scaling Snailbot


Israeli roboticist Amir Shapiro looks to the animal kingdom to design robots that can go where humans can't.

The Israel Defense Forces are preparing to deploy a camouflage-wearing, camera-toting robot snake. The spybot, which slithers through cracks and caves using principles of motion derived from those of actual snakes, is just one of roboticist Amir Shapiro's clever designs based on animal physiology. We visited Dr. Shapiro's lab at Ben Gurion University of the Negev to get a closer look.

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