Many of you are afraid of snakes. But what about robots? What about snake robots?
What image came into your mind after listening to the word “Robot”? I bet most of you think about a piece of human type machinery doing the human stuff. Here, you are wrong because Robotics is not just about a human replica, but its more about the substitute for humans and replicate human actions.
Let’s start the introduction to snake robotics!
Why snake Robot?
Having the flexibility and movements of a slinking reptile allows these robots to squeeze and fixed into spaces that their human-form, and we humans, haven’t been able to explore. Not just this but, they can do so much more! Through these robots, we will be able to identify structural problems in hidden places, perform minimally invasive surgery, and find survivors in complicated search and rescue missions as well.
You must have heard the term biomimicry before. This impressive piece of innovation, which obviously has adopted its looks from a beautiful creature, is just one incredible example of biomimicry; a growing field of science at the intersection of engineering, design, and biology.
Potential for the Snake Robot
For we have already caught a little glimpse on its application. To be more detailed, just think of the many unsuitable jobs that are performed by humans, threaten to live. Or the jobs that require access to small spaces, spaces that even conventional robots, with limbs or wheels, could never access. Consider the possibility of assisting in minimally-invasive surgery, for inspection of power plants, for aiding in search and rescue efforts, in archaeological digs. It becomes clear that the snake robot has a vast amount of potential.
The nature mother takes diligent care of our human problems. Therefore, we humans are taking inspiration from nature in the field of innovation and technology.
If you’d like to read more about the snake robot story, here’s a link to an article by Fox News called Snake Robots: Slithering machines could aid search and rescue efforts.