Saturday, June 13, 2009

Robotic snake is newest spy

Israeli military scientists have reportedly designed a robotic snake which can spy on enemies and plant bombs. The robotic snake can even stand up vertically to peer over obstacles.
The remote-controlled reptile is able to sneak through cracks in buildings to gather information on enemy combatants.
Researchers studied the movements of snakes to ensure that the robotic equivalent mimics them correctly.
A soldier controls the snake from a remote laptop and can follow what it sees via video cameras.
Footage posted online shows the six-foot long snake in camouflage gear, winding its way through rocks and tree stumps.
The Israel Defence Forces plan to equip combat units with the models, which could also be used to find survivors trapped in collapsed buildings.
The snake is in the experimental stage and the cost of producing multiple versions is as yet unknown.

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