Okay, No: Thrown Robotic Snake Can Attach Itself To Poles

March 25, 2013


Jerks at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a robotic snake that can wrap itself around objects when thrown at them. Cool, here -- grab a hold of this volcano.

The idea is to create a robot capable of slithering into tight spaces, perhaps for scouting or search-and-rescue missions. Researchers have also incorporated movements not seen in real snakes, including "corkscrewing" and "pipe rolling" -- an action whereby the snake wraps itself around a pole and moves forward.

Okay, so it was designed for search-and-rescue missions. Maybe calling them jerks was a little harsh. I take it back. I mean, I'm not DELETING it, I'm just saying I take it back.

Hit the jump for a video of the nightmare penis in action.

Thanks to Chuffmonkey, The Arrogant Tiger and HasItAll, two of which are apparently animals who can type (the tiger was even bragging about his words per minute), the other of which decided the only thing he was missing in life was a Geekologie shoutout.

  • Red Beard Rob

    Awesome! Add a claw to the tip, fuse four of these to my back and Spider-man will be a grease stain! Doc Oc FTW!

  • no giver of phucks

    reminds me of magnetism. whats so special about this shit?

  • nnn

    elves made it...nasty elves...my precioussssss....

  • Ed

    Whenever they say they're making something that can sneak into small spaces for "scouting" or "search and rescue" they're really making it to sneak into small places to spy on us. They don't want us to know what it's really for but they have to make up something for the article so they can get they're pat on the back from the other robot guys.

  • balashi

    Seriously! That whole video and not ONCE did they try it on a person's neck!?

  • Boss Hogg

    Big wow. Has to be pre-curved in the direction of wrapping. Hooked up to a honking cord. A science fair project.

  • chonkers_plus

    That's not a cord, it's a leash! It's a robot python, for fart's sake!

  • Boss Hogg

    LOL. I see it now. What's wrong with me?

  • Lee

    I could see grappling hook applications for this. Ninja havent upgraded to jetpacks yet right?

  • AaaronG

    Hope this works on humans...

  • Guest

    WayneCorp funded the research, you forgot to mention.

  • jeffrey jakubowski

    Looks and acts like an expensive slap bracelet on a rope.. lame.

  • n11

    I'm thinking Indiana Jones.

  • monkeyspinach

    He'd be so conflicted. On one hand, awesome whip. On the other, he hates snakes!

  • Lord Vashti


    Not yet. I want to study its habits.

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