An approach to enable both locomotion and manipulation in a snake-inspired robot

Credit: Salagame et al.

Snake-inspired robots could have various advantages over conventional wheeled or legged robots. For instance, slithering robots can adapt the shape of their body, enter narrow spaces, and move freely in environments that are inaccessible to both humans and other robots.

In contrast with many wheeled and legged robots, however, most snake-like robots cannot pick up and manipulate objects. This significantly limits their real-world applications, as it prevents them from completing tasks that entail more advanced interactions with their surroundings.
A research team at Northeastern University’s Silicon Synapse Lab supervised by Prof. Alireza Ramezani recently introduced a …

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