Happy lunar new year! It’s the year of the snake, here’s the HiBot ACM-R5H amphibious robot snake.
ACM-R5 was presented at EXPO2005 in the NEDO Prototype Robot Pavilion. It is a snake-like robot with extra dust sealing, waterproofing and a rigid structure that allows operation under any sever condition. It is composed of several modules with small passive wheels that allow the robot to move smoothly on surfaces.
ACM-R5 can also move sinuously in underwater environments. In the front unit a wireless camera is mounted on a special mechanism that keeps the view orientation always horizontal. ACM-R5 is ideal for inspection and search operations in underwater environments.