Scalybot 2 replicates the movements of snake

Scalybot 2 is an all-terrain robot developed by Hamid Marvi, who is a Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) candidate at Georgia Tech. The rectilinear locomotion of snakes was the inspiration to create this robot. Recently, it was revealed at the SICB (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology) annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Marvi developed this robot with the advice of David Hu, an assistant professor in the Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Biology. It is not the first time they are making a robot with the inspiration of snake locomotion. Last summer, this research team has created Scalybot 1 that replicates snake’s concertina locomotion.

Rectilinear locomotion allows the snakes to crawl through gaps and climb slopes at different inclines. It uses its scales to control frictional properties for moving long distances. Most importantly, it exerts only minimum amount of energy to perform this action. These features motivated Marvi to create the highly efficient Scalybot 2.

Scalybot 2 only replicates the rectilinear locomotion of a snake and not the appearance (an image of this robot is shown in the above picture). It is a two-linked robot guided with the help of a remote-controlled joystick. According to the surface, it is capable of changing the angle of its scales automatically. It can crawl forward and backward by using its four motors.

Nowadays, snakes have been very helpful for creating many intelligent robots. In that way, Scalybot 2 will also prove to be a best invention for search and rescue missions.

Catch the action of Scalybot 2 in the below video:

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