ACM-R5H is a snake-like robot with extra dust sealing, waterproofing and a rigid structure that allows operation in dry conditions, as well as in environments with dust, water or liquids.
Its segmented body is lined with tiny wheels and paddles, which enables ACM-R5H to move on flat or rough surfaces.
Weighing 8 kg and measuring 1,75 metres in length (for 9 segments), the amphibious robot comes with a glowing, cyclopean wireless camera head. ACM-R5H’s length can be easily changed by adding or subtracting segments. Each module carries one battery pack for a total of 1,5 hours of usage.
The system, developed by Japanese company HiBot in conjunction with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, is designed for search-and-rescue operations that would require wriggling through gaps too narrow for human first responders.
Watch ACM-R5H slither on land, then go for a swim…