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Having a long snakelike robotic arm would be handy to go
into houses to save people in a fire, hunt for bad guys or
do inspections in tunnels etc. The idea is shown in this
Problem is, holding up such an arm would get pretty hard
the longer it gets.
To overcome this,
the arm could lie on the ground and
unroll, like a ball of yarn being rolled across the floor. The
additional sections of the arm would ride along the top to
the arm that's already laid out. Think of one of those party
noise makers that unroll as you blow into it.
Handy idea but structurally hard to accomplish
[doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2014]
So do it like this.
Please turn the sound down if you play this clip. [doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2014]
Only not a coil unrolling, continuously fed by new sections traveling along the top [doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2014]
||Reminds me of a scene in Beetlejuice...
||//Reminds me of a scene in Beetlejuice...//
||Yes, the scene with the hammers. Exactly.
||Robots are notoriously bad at getting around. Stairs,
railings, climbing up walls. This unfurling method
would be a very fast and very utilitarian way to get
into restrictive areas. Up a wall and into a window of
a burning building, badda bing badda boom. Save the
baby, roll back out.