Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?
Many of us love to hate snakes. Cold blooded, beady unflinching eyes, venomous fangs that can strike at lightning speed. And yet as creatures of the earth, they’re among the most fascinating in the way they move. Snakes don’t have legs; they travel by undulating their long, slender bodies over the ground, through water, or within trees or other foliage.
We’ve all seen robots that roll on wheels, ramble over treads, and walk with legs. But what about a machine that slithers and creeps, a robot that propels itself serpent-like over terra firma? In this chapter we’ll look at one method of creating a multi-segmented robot that transports itself from here to there by making shimmying motions over the living ...