Someday You Will Buy, Cower In Fear Of The Snakebot

Everyone knows robots with laser blasters will someday destroy and enslave humanity, but until now few realized they would take the form of slithery mechanical reptiles.

Behold, the snakebot, a creation of Carnegie Mellon’s biorobotics lab. The robotic terror can slither around, wrap around poles and trees and climb straight up and smohter you before you can radio a distress message to John Conner or Neo.

Watch this thing climb a tree and tell us how much you would pay to either buy one of these or an electronic mongoose to protect you from it.

Creepy Snake Bot Climbs Trees, We Stop Sleeping [Switched via BoingBoing]


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  1. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Make it waterproof, and we have something that could finally eliminate John Conner.

    • DariusC says:

      Or make it look better than a rolling pile of pepsi cans with an extension cord tied to the back via electric tape.

  2. Aph says:

    Thats what I was thinking… military applications not consumer interest.

    • partofme says:

      More likely disaster response applications. There may be some military application, but it’s likely way too slow in locomotion for much use.

      • Slave For Turtles says:

        Disaster response is OK, but let’s keep it out of colo-rectal exams, ‘K? (shudder)

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        robot snake stake outs? find a way to give it a good long battery life, a telephoto lens and use it to get covert photos

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        My first thought was of the trapped miners. These could crawl through the debris in the aftermath of an earthquake.

    • craptastico says:

      it could be used to clean out pipes, or climb up telephone poles to work on stuff

  3. Hungry Dog says:

    I’m tired of all these motherfn snakebots on this motherfn plane!

    • FixdaFernback says:

      Or, the edited version(when shown on TV and censored): I’m sick of all these Monkey Fighting snake-bots on this Monday-to-Friday plane!(I wish I were joking)

  4. fordprefect says:


  5. ejg930 says:

    I, for one, welcome our new reptilian overlords.

  6. Promethean Sky says:

    I want one for snaking my drains.

  7. White Scorpion says:

    Reminds me of the Rubik’s Snake toy, just not as cute.

  8. trentblase says:

    Cmu robotics: building robots today… To fight aliens tomorrow

  9. knoxblox says:

    Snakebot will never be truly viable until it can break free from the shackles of the extension cord. Mechanical advances are still outpacing portability of power.

  10. H3ion says:

    Number 5 is alive!

  11. jebarringer says:

    You’re just now having your nightmares haunted by snakebots? Where have you been for the past five years? Various universities have created snakebots that can crawl up pipes and through piles of cinder blocks and rubble. I remember a video of one climbing a guy’s leg. There’s talk of making micro versions for use in surgical procedures.

  12. golddog says:

    That’s Connor with an “o” not an “e”…let’s not start killing all those extra innocent Sarah’s and John’s…

  13. rahntwo says:

    ZZ Top! She do tha tube snake Boogie!

  14. supersat says:

    I have several friends who went to CMU and learned some interesting things about these snake robots:

    1. They like to climb anything tree-like, which includes human legs.
    2. Someone decided to enhance their climbing ability by adding small razor blades to a snake. The resulting contraption was felt to be so dangerous that the PI tossed it in a box, marked it “DO NOT EVER OPEN THIS BOX!!!”, and hid the box in some obscure corner.

  15. pokinsmot says:

    That thing is freaking awesome! Now only if they could contain a battery in it as well to get rid of that cord. Is the cord only used for power, or do they have a person telling a computer telling it what to do?

  16. MikeM_inMD says:

    Lose the power cord and seal it to keep the dirt out of the joints and you have one heck of a spy device.

  17. RickinStHelen says:

    Yul Brynner’s Gunslinger doesn’t see the big deal. He shot these up back in ’73 before you kids had your fancy robotics and interwebs

  18. Dustbunny says:

    Hello, I would like to place an order for some electronic mongooses. Mongeese. Please reply ASAP.

  19. AK47 - Now with longer screen name! says:

    When I watched the video, it popped up a Google ad for a tree trimming service. Snakebot problem solved. :)

  20. banmojo says:

    I just crapped my pants a little bit. Seriously, I already have a snake phobia, now m’f’ing ROBOT snakes?? Come on!!