Robotic Snakes May One Day Help In Heart Surgery

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have devised snake-like robots that can be used everywhere from the operating room to the ocean floor.

With each passing year, robots are becoming more advanced, and are capable of taking on an increasingly diverse range of tasks. Now Medrobotics, a company affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University, has announced plans to market their line of robotic snakes -- yes, snakes -- to surgeons in Europe. The slithering creations will be used to help doctors get to normally hard-to-reach parts of the human body, but the versatile devices have a range of other uses too -- from aiding in rescue attempts to cleaning the ocean floor to pranking your friends. 


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