During the past 12 months, robots got better at grasping, smiling, and avoiding angry humans. One robotic highlight for 2009 comes from CMU’ s Howie Choset. This snakelike robotic arm may one day medically attend to soldiers as they are carried off the battlefield.
Image is a Roboinspector: A snake robot inspects the head of a skeleton lying on a high-tech stretcher designed by the military, called the Life Support for Trauma and Transport system.
Credit: Howie Choset/Carnegie Mellon University
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