Monday 15 August 2022 05:37 PM Inventor develops a bizarre four-legged robot that allows snakes to 'walk' trends now
An eccentric inventor has created a bizarre four-legged robot that allows snakes to 'walk'.
Allen Pan, a Los Angeles-based engineer and YouTuber, created the device out of a long tube and four plastic legs connected to a controller board.
Footage shows a snake curiously poking its head out the end of the device as it's serenely transported around the room.
Pan, who posted a video blog of his project to YouTube, said he wanted to 'give snakes back their legs'.
Around 150 million years ago, snakes had visible legs, but they evolved to lose them, thought to be due to a genetic mutation.
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Allen Pan, a California-based engineer and YouTuber, created the device out of a plastic tube and four robotic legs that were modelled on a lizard.
Pan, who posted a video blog of his project to YouTube, said he wanted to 'give snakes back their legs'
Footage shows a snake curiously poking its head out the end of the device as it's serenely transported around the room
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US YouTuber Allen Pan made the system out of four robotic legs, each fitted with servomotors connected to a controller board.
The legs are activated wirelessly using a small tag fitted to a keychain, and programmed on a laptop.
Pan wanted a design that a snake 'could chose to put on or take off' so the snake wouldn't be forced into apparatus against its will.
So the central body of the robot was made from a long plastic tube with openings at either end.
Pan also visited a local pet store so he could watch how a reptile walks and programme the robot to walk in a similar way.
Even today, some pythons have tiny leg bones inside their bodies, although they're too small and are 'vestigial' – a remnant of something that was once useful.
'I actually feel bad for snakes; they lost their legs and nobody is even trying to find them – nobody except for me,' Pan said in "the video.
'When any other animal has deformed legs, humanity comes together to spit in god's face and we built that animal awesome new cyborg legs.'
Pan took inspiration from the western three-toed skink (Chalcides striatus), a species of lizard with four tiny legs.
The species looks remarkably similar to a snake, apart from the four small appendages.
'They might be the closest thing I could find to an actual snake with legs,' Pan said.
After trying out an unsuccessful prototype on a stuffed snake toy, Pan made the