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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2020 4:31 p.m. PST

… Snatch the Last Container of Clorox Wipes

"Watch any kid play with a tape measure and you'll understand where researchers from the Seoul National University of Science and Technology found the inspiration for their new chameleon-like robot that can snag objects with its artificial tongue over 30 inches away in less than 600 milliseconds.

Snatcher, as the robot's called, wasn't just inspired by tape measures. If you look closely the tongue part that shoots out and retracts is the metal ruler salvaged from an actual tape measure because of its ability to neatly roll up very quickly. The rest of the robo-chameleon weighs in at less than 120 grams and features a custom wind-up spring-powered mechanism with a special clutch that can quickly alternate between powering a gear that extends the long metal tongue and a gear that retracts it…"

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2020 6:36 p.m. PST

This appears to my jaded eye to be a carefully designed piece of advanced technology with absolutely no practical purpose

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2020 8:07 p.m. PST

Frederick, you may be quite correct, but it looks so cool in action that it will surely sell very very well.

Zephyr131 Aug 2020 8:27 p.m. PST

"… a carefully designed piece of advanced technology with absolutely no practical purpose"

I could see it's use for unscrupulous vending machines that could snatch the money out of your hand before you even start to feed it in… ;-)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2020 12:21 p.m. PST



Robert le Diable02 Sep 2020 1:46 p.m. PST

There just has to be a Wargaming use for it.

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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2020 4:10 p.m. PST

600 milliseconds?

That seems like a very long time.

Call me when they get it down to 60.

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