Japanese company HiBot, specialized in robots for extreme environments, will unveil the latest version of its ACM-R5H snake robot at the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) this week in Tokyo.
HiBot says the new model is more modular and easier to customize that earlier versions. You can easily attach more segments to the snake's body to make it longer, or remove segments if you need a shorter robot. Users can also use payload compartments in the snake's front and rear modules to add custom sensors or cameras. The new ACM-R5H uses HiBot's advanced robot controller based on an ARM Cortex-M4 processor.
iREX takes place at Tokyo's Big Sight convention center from Wednesday to Saturday (we'll be there to report on the coolest stuff), and HiBot setup a pool in its booth to demo its robot snake. And if you stop by, ask the company about its "secret project involving robot snakes." They wouldn't tell me anything about it, but maybe they'll tell you? If you're not in Tokyo, the video below shows off some of the robot's capabilities.
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