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.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 May 2017 · 7:25 am

    I want them to make a commercial version that will find and kill rodents.

  2. McG »

    6 May 2017 · 10:30 am

    Robot Snake™, by Lionel®.

  3. CGHill »

    6 May 2017 · 11:01 am

    Even robot mice?

  4. Roger O Green »

    9 May 2017 · 10:05 am

    It’d terrify our cats!

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