No No No. That Creepy Robot Snake Strangles on Contact Now

We've been following the development of Carnegie Mellon's robotic snake for some time now. And as much as it's a brilliant piece of technology, it's also downright scary how realistically it can slither across the ground or up a tree. But it turns out that's no where near as unsettling as its latest trick.

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Using a series of accelerometers located inside each of the snake's modular segments, the robot can now be thrown onto a branch or pole and automatically grab on without falling. And given the research is being partly supported by the US Army, it's a safe assumption that off-video these snakes are being thrown at mannequins' necks as a sort of absolutely terrifying strangulation grenade. [Carnegie Mellon Biorobotics Laboratory via Automaton]

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That must be a very interesting campus to take a stroll on. (I think MITs campus would be pretty damn interesting, too.)