The Biorobotics Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has trained its snake-like HUMRS robot to swim underwater.
The famous snake-like robot can now slide underwater as well. It could be used to check the condition of ships, submarines, and infrastructure underwater, researchers say.
Last month, scientists from the CMU Institute of Robotics tested a hardened underwater modular snake robot (HUMRS) in a university swimming pool. The test showed precise and smooth underwater movement and a high degree of control.
The submersible snake robot was developed with a grant from the Institute for Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM). According to Matt Fisher, program manager for the ARM institute working on the project, its goal is to help the US Department of Defense inspect ships, submarines, and other submarine infrastructure for damage or as part of routine maintenance.
According to the authors of the development, HUMRS can travel to places inaccessible to other robots.
Typically, the military sends a team of divers for inspection or drives the ship into a dry dock. Both of these activities are quite costly and time-consuming. An underwater robot could quickly inspect the ship, immediately alerting the crew of critical damage or sending information about problems to the port.