Norwegian Eelume has unveiled the first live video footage of its snake-like robot captured at the PREZIOSO Linjebygg Subsea Test Center in the Trondheimsfjord. Eelume was established in 2015 as a spin-off from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. After a decade of research on snake robots in collaboration with the research organization SINTEF, Eelume decided to pursue industrial subsea applications of these amazing mechanisms.
Eelume vehicles are modular combinations of joints, thrusters and various payload modules. The slender body allows for precision hovering and maneuvering even in strong ocean currents.
Sensors and tools can be mounted anywhere along the flexible body. A dual-arm configuration is achieved by mounting tooling in each end and forming the vehicle body into a U-shape. One end of the arm can grab hold to fixate the vehicle, while the other end can carry out inspection and intervention tasks. One end of the arm can also provide a perspective camera view of a tool operation carried out at the other end. All these flexible operational scenarios are made possible by the unique shape-changing capabilities of the Eelume vehicles.  (Source: Eelume)