Snake charmer from Tech­nion

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Is­raelI ro­bot­Ics ex­pert Dr alon Wolf cap­ti­vated stu­dent audiences in lon­don with explanations of pi­o­neer­ing fu­tur­is­tic sys­tems de­vel­oped at the tech­nion in Haifa, where he is di­rec­tor of the biorobotics and biome­chan­ics lab

as well as ad­dress­ing JFs and King’s col­lege lon­don groups, Dr Wolf — who vis­ited un­der the aegis of the bri­tish tech­nion so­ci­ety — gave a lec­ture at the royal In­sti­tu­tion on ro­bots de­ployed on search and res­cue mis­sions. th­ese in­clude snake-like mech­a­nisms which im­i­tate real-life snake lo­co­mo­tion.

“the ro­bots we are cre­at­ing at the tech­nion are ex­tremely flex­i­ble and are able to ma­nip­u­late del­i­cate ob­jects and nav­i­gate around walls,” he said. “over 400 res­cue work­ers were killed dur­ing 9/11 be­cause of the danger­ous and un­sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment they were at­tempt­ing to ac­cess and our ob­jec­tive is to en­sure that ro­bots are able to re­place hu­mans in such pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tions.”

In his pre­sen­ta­tions, Dr Wolf also high­lighted his re­search into the move­ment of barn owls and its ap­pli­ca­tion to cre­ate sur­veil­lance tech­nol­ogy for mon­i­tor­ing ter­ror­ist sus­pects. an­other tech­nion in­no­va­tion was minia­ture ro­bots for med­i­cal re­search. the ro­bots could reach ar­eas in­ac­ces­si­ble to con­ven­tional surgery, such as the back of the heart.

Dr Alon Wolf told how snake-like mech­a­nisms could aid res­cue work

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