Japan develops snake-like robot to help in disaster zones

Japan develops snake-like robot to help in disaster zones

Japanese scientists have developed a snake-like robot that stretches 26 feet in length and is covered in short brush-like hairs to help in disaster zones.

The robot, which writhes in a snake-like manner, is reportedly the first in the world that can lift its front tip off the ground to circumvent obstacles.

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The plastic robot has been created by Japanese scientists in order to climb over debris and rubble in small spaces in disaster zones, according to media reports.

The robot, which weighs around 3 kg, can move at speeds of close to 4 inches a second both over and under obstacles, using the vibrations of the short hairs with which it is covered to propel itself forward.

The new creation aims to assist search and rescue operations as it can enter collapsed buildings and search for people trapped inside using a camera mounted to the tip of the body.



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