This Ladder-Climbing Snake Robot is Creepy as Hell

How about a game of chutes and ladders? Uh, I mean snakes and ladders. Look, snakes are nature’s creepiest creation and robots are man’s creepiest creation. So naturally, scientists had to combine them both for maximum terror. While we’re at it, let’s make these robotic creepy crawlies climb ladders, cause you know, we wouldn’t want humans getting away.

Seriously though, a snake is a great design for robotics. They can slither in and out of small spaces to look for damage in structures or rescue someone trapped under rubble, plus they can handle all kinds of terrain. But just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should. Because now researchers have taught robot snakes to climb ladders. There goes your second story escape plan.

Researchers from the Kyoto University and University of Electro-Communications have developed a robot snake that can bend and twist its segmented body, allowing it to slowly wrap itself around each rung as it climbs a ladder.

Good job researchers. Now, where are we going to go to escape robot snakes? I built a treehouse specifically to escape them and I just know that when I go up there next, now I’m going to find a bunch of robot snakes up there reading dirty mags, which is my job.

[via iEEE via Gizmodo]

A Little Better Ladder

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Hoisting tools up while you climb a ladder for tall tasks can be not only exhausting but dangerous. Why not keep your entire toolbox handy, waiting for you at the top?! Hold-on Ladder incorporates a toolbox at its peak, greatly improving the efficiency and convenience of building and repair work. In it’s collapsed form, the toolbox portion is automatically concealed keeping your tools organized and safe from falling out.

Designers: Prof. Bao Haimo, Qiao Song, An Hui, Dai Junnan, Guan Yue, Li Xi, Liu Chunnan, Song Jialin, Zhang Lin, Zhang Zhen

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A ladder to make neighbors jealous

You’ve probably played the board game Snakes and Ladders before. Here’s a ladder with a new personality. It can coil up like a snake.!
Now luckily it still does what a ladder does, with the massive advantage of snugly fitting in the tightest of spots in your attic. And it also adds up as a cool topic of conversation!

Designer: Chacko T Kalacherry

Author: Sarang Sheth

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A Ladder to be Proud Of

Now, here’s a ladder you won’t want to hide in the closet! The Tenzing ladder’s attractive simplicity and easy functionality allow it to become not just a tool, but an accent to any living space. Warm birch molded into smooth curves give it both an inviting aesthetic and structural integrity. The included Tenzing branded tool-bag makes makes even your hammer and screwdriver look cool!

Designer: Fritz Specht

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A Ladder to Love

Quit simply, the Corner Ladder is amazing. One of those products with pure genius behind the design. Using a number of simple yet precise folding techniques, the ladder collapses to just a fraction of its size when unfolded, taking up much less room than most cumbersome ladder designs. I’ll say it again- GENIUS! Hit the jump to see it in action!

Designer: Company & Company Design Studio

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