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Slithering serpentine robot snakes its way to seabed inspections

by • April 18, 2016 • 9s Comments

It looks like a thing you’d want to steer clear of in a video game, and many most likely real life as well, but this menacing mechanical snake isn’t out to injure anybody. Developed to cut the costs of maintaining underwater equipment, the Eelume robot is created to be unleashed permanently on seabeds where it can glide through tight spaces tending to gear that is complex and expensive to reach for us humans.

  • The Eelume robot is a product of a collaboration between NTNU spin-off company Eelume, oil and ...
  • The agile robot is created to navigate in and around underwater rigs
  • It is hoped that the Eelume robot can carry much of the workload for those carrying ...
  • It looks like a thing you'd want to steer clear of in a video game, and many ...

Eelume is a spin-off company out of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) that collaborated with oil and gas company Statoil and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime in developing the robot. The latter appears to have a few affinity for underwater beasts, having operated the robot that captured the Sherlock Holmes film version of the Loch Ness monster last week.

Its latest machine was created to carry out maintenance tasks on the seabed. The agile robot is created to slither in and around underwater rigs, cleaning, performing visual inspections and actually attaching itself to sure components to adjust valves.

It is hoped that the Eelume robot can carry much of the workload for those performing subsea inspections, reducing the require for sizeable and costly vessels. The developers say it can be installed permanently on existing and new underwater machinery to assist as a “self-going janitor on the seabed.” Whatever role the robot does end up playing, we’re perfectly pleased for Eelume to stay underwater.

You can see the robot swimming around in the videos at a lower place, the initially without thrusters and the 2nd with.

Source: Kongsberg Maritime


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