Possibly even welcome on planes

The tagging system I use here is standard WordPress issue, though I don’t generally make the tags public because of sheer volume: there are over twelve thousand of them, and my one attempt to produce a tag cloud for the public wasted too much of an afternoon.

You might reasonably assume, based on that paragraph alone, that a plurality, if not necessarily a majority, of those tags refer only a single post: for instance, there is only one post tagged “shrubbery.” I mention this because this is the third post tagged “robot snake.” Guess what it’s about:

[T]he Guardian S isn’t meant to be a pet or a plaything; the applications [Sarcos CEO Ben] Wolff rattles off are in the realms of industry and security. As an agile surveillance agent, the snakebot could conduct inspections in confined spaces or in hazmat conditions, help with search and rescue after a disaster, or assist bomb squads and SWAT teams.

“We wanted to solve the problems that result from humans going into dangerous places and doing dangerous jobs,” Wolff says. The robot’s task, he says, is “to extract information from a dangerous environment.” While drones are increasingly being used for surveillance in such environments, Wolff argues that aerial robots are limited in their flight time and how close they can get to whatever they’re inspecting.

On the other hand, it looks like a drone might be a hair faster.

(Via Glenn Reynolds.)

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The dreaded Dust Snake

Haan shot first:

Stephanie by Cole Haan Air

Once we checked out Fightin’ Mad Mary’s shoes, and she promptly won an Emmy award. I didn’t ask her if she was up for an award this year, but these seem to be the shoes she covets for the moment. Once again, it’s Cole Haan with Nike Air technology, this time in a pump dubbed “Air Stephanie,” which is seen here in a color called Dust Snake Print. (There are two versions in black, one with the reptilian texture, one without, and a reddish-brown, or brownish-red dubbed “Woodbury”; there’s also a sling-back variant with an otherwise-identical upper.) I like the shape, generally, though the pattern seems vaguely mechanical, as though it had been sliced off a robot snake. And it’s on sale, which never hurts.

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No word on whether it eats robot mice

Melon-farming Samuel L. Jackson was not available for comment.

(Via Switched.)

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