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This clip demonstrates recent work to develop compliant controllers for our lab’s snake robots. These controllers allow the robot to automatically adapt its shape to changes in its environment. Until now most of our motions, including pole climbing, have been remote-controlled.

In this video the robot autonomously climbs a 4″ pole, transitions to a 2″ pole, and then to an arm, demonstrating that the controller is able to adapt to different diameters of objects without exerting too much force for to be uncomfortable in human contact.

[via Emergent Futures]

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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  1. Wow! This is waaay cool! Well done!

  2. Having just read Robopocolyse, this scared the bejesus out of me.

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  5. the smile on that guy’s face when the robosnake climbed up his arm = priceless

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