Researchers developed a slug-like robotic vehicle wrapped with a flexible, waterproof "skin" to keep it dry and dust-free in search and rescue missions.
The Slug Crawler Vehicle was developed at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan, which presented the vehicle at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco in September.
Enveloping the Slug Crawler Vehicle (SCV) with a retractable exterior skin layer protects the machine from the elements--particularly dust and water--that can corrode or damage the system in wet environments. Internal pulleys swivel from side to side to manipulate the tread-like skin and steer the SCV. … Read more