The vertical snake, designed to function as an interactive artwork, includes two technologies which Merlin claims are a world first. The muscle activation technology uses built-in air valves which enable greater control and scope for movement. The snake’s absolute optical position linear sensors are bus addressable and less susceptible to magnetic interference. The mechanism can also be implemented into commercial applications.
The snake was first unveiled at the Emergent Objects & Performance Design Symposium, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Dr Philip Breedon of the