Stanford's Inflatable Tentacle

Amazing! Jon, please add this to your UGV. Ken, how about an A-Bot accessory for 2018?

http://mashable.com/2017/07/20/soft-robot-grows-vine-stanford-rescue-operation/#3bPbHi_V9iqH
"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

- Pablo Picasso

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  • I'm still trying to grasp the concept of how the steering works. My initial impression was that this would be perfect for people that have to pull wires through plenum spaces. For that reason alone I'd love to build one. My wiring guy would probably give me his boat.
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,414
    xanadu wrote: »
    I'm still trying to grasp the concept of how the steering works.

    Yup, the million dollar question.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • My impression is that the path/shape is determined beforehand and the unpacking just plays out a predetermined sequence.
  • Seairth wrote:
    My impression is that the path/shape is determined beforehand and the unpacking just plays out a predetermined sequence.
    Yep, that's my impression, too, abetted by the inflexible helical strip lining the spiral antenna.

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • I grow a lot of Cardinal Climbers. They're my favorite plant.

    I get the predetermined route, and it makes sense to deploy antennas.

    Autonomous SAR, and delivering a payload, without a known distance, leaves some gaps. There must be a lot of retraction and adjustments.
  • msrobotsmsrobots Posts: 1,675
    edited August 2 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Cardinal Climbers, a cross between Cypress Vine and Red Morning Glory.

    I want to cross 4-leaved clover and poison ivory.

    I really need a rush rash of good luck...

    Mike

    I am just another Code Monkey.

    A determined coder can write COBOL programs in any language. -- Author unknown.

    The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this post are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.
  • msrobots wrote: »
    Cardinal Climbers, a cross between Cypress Vine and Red Morning Glory.

    I want to cross 4-leaved clover and poison ivory.

    I really need a rush of good luck...

    Mike

    Or do you mean a RASH of good luck...

  • yes, corrected typo.. thanks

    Mike
    I am just another Code Monkey.

    A determined coder can write COBOL programs in any language. -- Author unknown.

    The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this post are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.
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