ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailMenu BurgerPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon SearchSite TitleTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Japan-Update

Japan develops snakelike robot to check underwater equipment

Wiggling movements allow machine to inspect pipes, submerged facilities

Kyoto University has developed a snakelike robot.

OSAKA -- Researchers at Japan's Kyoto University have developed a snakelike robot that can be sent underwater to inspect submerged facilities or search for missing people after a storm.

Measuring 15cm in diameter and slightly less than 1 meter in length, the robot, developed by a team led by the university's professor Fumitoshi Matsuno, can swim into narrow openings. Its wiggling movements make it ideal for applications such as inspecting underwater facilities or pipes.

It can also dive into debris-filled water after a tsunami or typhoon to search for missing people.

The robot is made up of small segments connected by joints and is remotely controlled using a video game joystick.

The researchers hope to work with manufacturers to further develop the robot for practical use.

Most existing underwater robots are intended for scientific observation and are too cumbersome for what this new machine can do, the researchers said. 

The robot, when camera is attached, can capture images of submerged equipment to check for cracks and other abnormalities. 

Wheels can also be attached to the robot to make it amphibious, according to Matsuno. 

(Nikkei)

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Get Unlimited access

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends June 30th

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to the Nikkei Asian Review has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media