No No No. That Creepy Robot Snake Strangles on Contact Now

By Andrew Liszewski on at

We've been following the development of Carnegie Mellon's robotic snake for some time now. And as much as it's a brilliant piece of technology, it's also downright scary how realistically it can slither across the ground or up a tree. But it turns out that's no where near as unsettling as its latest trick.

Using a series of accelerometers located inside each of the snake's modular segments, the robot can now be thrown onto a branch or pole and automatically grab on without falling. And given the research is being partly supported by the US Army, it's a safe assumption that off-video these snakes are being thrown at mannequins' necks as a sort of absolutely terrifying strangulation grenade. [Carnegie Mellon Biorobotics Laboratory via Automaton]