CMU Snake Robot
Carnegie Mellon University’s Biorobotics Lab have developed a modular snake robot’s that mimics its real-life counterpart, thanks to 16 joints that enable it to twist around a cylindrical shape, like a leg as well as climb up / down. The current prototype is tethered by a power and control cable, but future versions may be completely wireless. Read more for a video and additional information.

Measuring just 2-inches in diameter and 37-inches long, the robot has already been used to investigate rubble in mock search-and-rescue missions, and in addition to being wireless, the team plans to make it water-proof as well.

Our robot can go places people canā€™t, particularly in areas of power plants that are radioactively contaminated. It can go up and around multiple bends, something you canā€™t do with a conventional borescope, a flexible tube that can only be pushed through a pipe like a wet noodle,” said Robotics Professor Howie Choset.