Need to stick two pieces of pipe together in confined and hazardous industrial settings? Soon there might not be any need to stick a human in there. Instead, just send in the laser-firing robotic snake.
A UK-based company called OC Robotics has demonstrated that their machine can maneuver through areas with limited access until it arrives at its target. Once there, a rotating head outfitted with a 5-kilowatt fiber laser can cut and weld metal pipes. The company’s robot adds to the growing list of snake-inspired machines in the world, which now includes units working in the medical field, disaster relief and other applications. See the video below.