Robotic worm


17 Responses to “Robotic worm”

  1. hakuin says:

    Can they add a landmine sniffing sensor.?

  2. Kimmo says:

    Mmm, silent actuation /Homer drool

  3. Gilbert Wham says:

    ‘Next Generation Endoscopes’? Is endoscopy not unpleasant enough? ‘Hi, I’m your proctologist, could you just turn over so this robot worm can crawl up your ass‘ ?

    • StCredZero says:

      The sex toy industry? The next generation of the Sybian? (In addition to the rotate and vibrate functions…)

  4. Nagurski says:

    It’s refreshing to see a bio-mimic robot whose primary purpose doesn’t immediately seem to be surveillance or hunter-killer drone. Not to say that DARPA doesn’t already have some disturbing fantasies about this one. 

    • metacalifragilistic says:

      I thought DOD was the key funding source for “next generation endoscopy.”  No?

      On a more realistic and dour note, I’d hate to see what a dispersal of these armed with some sort of neurotoxin would do to trench warfare…

    • copperwatt says:

      If you can’t imagine a few horrific ways that thing could kill a person… you are  luckier than I am. I see a bright future for this little guy in the  Enhanced Interrogation field.

    • penguinchris says:

      It’s not “Next Generation” (heh heh) but the military applications are obvious:

  5. This is where a Genetic algorithm or similar method would be great to figure out the best way to move.. just let it try and rank random contraction patterns.. then figure its best propulsion based on how far it gets.

    • Nick Harvey says:

       Not saying it couldn’t be done, but based on the speed the robots seem to move with, the iterations would take forever. Plus you would need a whole swarm of these things, each with its own set of movement rules.

      Also, I sort of wish typing the last sentence hadn’t made me imagine the existence of a swarm of robot worms.

  6. And yeah, thanks… just when I got the movie “Shivers” out of my hind brain and felt safe in a bubblebath again.

  7. amandaborman says:

    I’ve seen enough Hentai to know where this is going…

  8. Lets have a toast to the future of automatic  suppository insertion!

  9. Gregg Grose says:

    I expect a Ride The Sandworm, Dune-style theme park within 10 years.

  10. Brainspore says:

    They’re going about this the wrong way if they want a bestseller. Don’t imagine what part of the body you could insert a rhythmically contracting, hollow tube into… imagine what part of the human body you could insert into IT.

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