Meet the robot that’s bendy enough to reach the parts others can’t reach.
Snake-arm, a twist on the robot concept by OC Robotics in Bristol, could prove to be of huge use to the defense and civil aviation industries – and has already carried out safety checks in radioactive areas of nuclear power plants.
The arm, which is self-supporting, is controlled by steel wires that run through movable links, while various tools can be fitted to the end such as cameras, lights, cutting equipment or swabs.
OC Robotics’ Managing Director Rob Buckingham, who first began work on the unusual device back in 2001, told CNN: ‘Just like the human arm, the big muscles that drive them are actually mounted on the back and tendons link the muscles to the joints,’ Buckingham told CNN.
The robot has already been used to carry out repair work at a nuclear facility in Sweden and a safety inspection at a plant in Canada.
Now the bosses of the UK’s Sellafield plant are eying up the snake-arm to be deployed on similar duties.
OC Robotics demonstrated an arm fitted with radiological probe tools at the facility earlier this year and it made a good impression.
Head of strategy and technical Phil Reeve said that the robot exceeded his expectations and could reduce the time his workers spend exposed to dangerous radiation by maneuvering into hazardous spots to monitor equipment.
The innovative technology has been offered to the owners of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan to help them clean-up and make repairs, though this hasn’t so far been taken up.
There has been, however, definite interest in the robot from the UK and U.S. military, as well as aircraft makers Airbus and Boeing.
The Bristol firm is developing the robot to carry out sealing, drilling and inspection work in confined spaces within aircraft fuselages.
(AUTHOR’S NOTE – Is it just me or does this ‘arm’ look very much like the ‘aliens’ in the film ‘The Matrix’? Well it doesn’t surprise me none as all we get nowadays in TV and film is ‘front-loaded’ with information regarding the NWO’ s Satanic agenda.)
Also, what about Dr. Octopus? Does Fiction become reality or is simply ‘borrow’ from it?