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Designers Build 35-Foot Robot Snake

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the we're-gonna-need-a-bigger-robotic-mongoose dept.

Robotics 38

An anonymous reader writes "Canadian robotic design house eatArt has released a video of its latest project: the Titanoboa, a robotic snake based on a 50-foot long prehistoric serpent. The video pits the basilisk-like robot against the Mondo Spider, a walking machine large enough to hold a man, and there's obvious competition between the two. While eatArt showed a shorter version of the snake rollerblading at the Burning Man festival earlier this year, at 35 feet this is the largest version of the robot so far, with the team aiming to reach the full length in the next year or so."

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For food (3, Funny)

bobwrit (1232148) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093432)

Would it eat smaller robots whole? or just humans?

Re:For food (4, Funny)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093598)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of robot snakes on a plane!

Re:For food (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38096522)

I don't care why they built it, as long as it eats Jon Voight.

First comment that came to mind: (1)

Commontwist (2452418) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093484)

Holy Serpent Slinkies, Slashman!

Help Giant Robot. (1) (142825) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093524)

Giant Robot I need you to destroy Giant Robot Snake and Mondo Spider.

How do these people get funded? (2)

Arakageeta (671142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093534)

Interesting projects, but how do they get funding?

Thought: Would you rather own the spider or a spyder?

Re:How do these people get funded? (1)

monkyyy (1901940) | more than 2 years ago | (#38094818)

id take the spider, the snake is really really slow

Re:How do these people get funded? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38145090)

Both projects were partially funded by Burning man. We did a kickstarter campaign. And we get funding from events and festivals we attend. And the rest comes out of our pockets.

What would you put on it to make it look evil? (1)

Commontwist (2452418) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093562)

I'd have bright red LED eyes installed with optional lasers and, oh yes, silicon lubricant dripping from mounted fangs.

Re: Spider (1)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093566)

I want one of those for cruising around town, sure its slow but man would you ever be recognized. Although they should paint it flat black and add some hairs :P

A giant snake (5, Funny)

ross.w (87751) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093604)

but no badgers or mushrooms. What were they thinking?

Re:A giant snake (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093938)

Damn you!!!

Do you know how many weeks I'll have to live with that idiotic tune running through my head all over again?

Re:A giant snake (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094770)

Your username is noted, and now from time to time when I am bored I shall find your comments, and reply to them with mentions of that song. :)

Great.... (2)

otaku244 (1804244) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093726)

Now Robocop can take the lead roll in Snakes on a Plane: 2045
I now have Robocop saying Samuel L. Jackson's lines

harry? (1)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093774)

Did they realize that unleashing this snake from the philosopher's stone has set off a chain of events resulting in the confrontation with Voldemort's final horcrux?

Honey Badger... (5, Funny)

3nails4aFalseProphet (248128) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093838)

...still doesn't give a shit. He'll eat a 35' robot snake. He's pretty badass.

Primal fear (2)

Cthefuture (665326) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093888)

I had an interesting reaction watching that. It was kind of a base level primal fear instinct that got kicked off. I don't even mind snakes and have had many as pets. I have had some pretty big ones too.

However, seeing one that size and moving like that fired off neurons that said "run away!!" Was weird because that is not a normal reaction for me. It seems like it was specifically the size combined with that slithering movement and not the shape of the thing.

Re:Primal fear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38098796)

I had the opposite reaction. Usually I'm kind of "eyew" at watching snakes and the way they move, but this giant robo-snake was just fascinating to me. It made me wonder if it's the texture of the real snake's skin that bothers me more than the movement.

The spider, on the other hand, was kind of creepy. That creepiness did not stop me from wanting to take it for a spin.

35-Foot Robot Snake Weighs a Ton, Causes Nightmare (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093916)

Awesome to the extreme...very fluid motion and seems to be fairly quiet as well. Is each section motorized, or does it really "Slither?"

I for one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094004)

Welcome our new robot snake overlords.

Wait what. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094036)

I saw this on Hack-a-day three days ago, it usually takes at least a week before slashdot picks it up, whats going on here?

Yes, but what about the corruption? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094078)

Ah yes, but does it cost $500 million and come from a major campaign contributor? No? USA, Number ONE!!!

Are those drive wheels? (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 2 years ago | (#38094178)

It's very cool either way, but are the wheels in its underbelly powered, or are they passive, leaving the serpentine motion to provide forward impetus? In other words, could it remain perfectly straight and still drive forward?

Re:Are those drive wheels? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38097304)

The wheels are passive and are simply there to reduce friction on the underside of the snake. The sinusoidal motion via hydraulic actuators is what actually drives the snake forward. There are plans to eventually waterproof it and make it neutrally buoyant for use in water.

Needs a cover (4, Funny)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 2 years ago | (#38094224)

That's a very boxy looking snake, especially the head. They really need to get a cover or something to smooth it over, cause there are a lot of planes on that snake.

Weird (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 2 years ago | (#38095560)

I thought this was Japan's area of, um, stuff.

Re:Weird (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38099526)

Since they cornered the market on humanoid bots, US has to branch into critters.

Thta's not a robot snake (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38097136)

This is a robot snake : []

Check out the clip from 4:30 onwards

Re:Thta's not a robot snake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38102650)

Dear God what was that. GO BOLLYWOOD

House hunting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38097300)

Now that this has been created I'm now one step closer to creating my life size replica of the original Resident Evil game.

Now, I only need someone to create a mutant frog. :-)

Nightmare fuel (1)

mikek2 (562884) | more than 2 years ago | (#38098576)

Thanks. I didn't feel like sleeping, anyway.

35-foot snake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38098782)

Have they ever seen a snake? A real one?

Hint: it has not even one foot.

35-foot? A snake? I though snakes had no feet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38099450)

And why the odd number?

Or is this about my penis? :P

What about the minister's daughter? (1)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 2 years ago | (#38099742)

That snake is long, I bet it could slither seven miles. I'd like to ride that snake baby. But he's old, and his skin is cold.

Just lob needles at it (1)

Vokkyt (739289) | more than 2 years ago | (#38099908)

Pretty cool, but we need Needle Canon to remind it that we're in charge.

Spider Jockey (1)

Mal-2 (675116) | more than 2 years ago | (#38101706)

I expected the guy in the spider bot to start firing arrows at the camera at any moment!

The Spider (1)

David89 (2022710) | more than 2 years ago | (#38103138)

Anyone notice the guy riding the giant spider?!

How does it move? Is it really a robot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38108192)

What method of locomotion does this so-called robot use?
Does it use lateral undulation to propel itself? Or, is there a motor and drive wheel in the head which moves it? Do the segments of the body just follow along behind like cars of a train?

Can it rear its head or move its body independently of the head? Can it wrap its body around objects or, at least, push against them?

I don't think this thing is really a robot, even if it does actually propel itself like a snake. To me, it looks like a radio controlled vehicle that only looks like a snake.

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