Snake surveillance: Israel's latest battlefield weapon

The Israeli Army have developed a snake-like device which can cross terrains with ease. Not much is known about this device as it is not only from a foreign military but that it will be used in battlefield scenarios.

The Israeli Army have developed a snake-like device which can cross terrains with ease. Not much is known about this device as it is not only from a foreign military but that it will be used in battlefield scenarios.

What makes this device unique in two aspects is the snake-like movements using a series of presumably hydraulic robotics, to manoeuvre the device across a plethora of terrain environments. The main "weapon" it has is an infrared enabled high-resolution camera at the very front of the snake which wirelessly transmits imagery back to the receiver when on reconnaissance missions.

The snake is around 6ft (1.8 metres) and flexible enough to "twist into caves, tunnels, cracks and buildings", developed using techniques learned from researching real snakes in movement. In the same article, it claims the devices could be used to carry explosives. Maybe so, but I like to think at least some things developed by the military don't ultimately lead to killing someone.

I don't often cover military related stories but as an emerging and ever-developing technology, how modern day computing can assist those working in the front line. The technology isn't strictly new but interesting nonetheless.

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