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Snake Robots Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018

Winter Green Research
Published Date » 2012-07-16
No. Of Pages » 255

WinterGreen Research announces that it has published a new study Snake Robots: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018. The 2012 study has 255 pages, 133 tables and figures. Worldwide snake robot markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the next generation units provide a unique movement mechanism and provide systems that provide a way to significantly improve traditional open surgery.

The automated process revolution in surgery and communications is being implemented via robots. Robots are automating systems, providing significant improvement in the accuracy of surgery and penetration of spaces that were previously impenetrable. .

According to Susan Eustis, lead author of the study, "A confined space needs snake shapes to achieve access. Confined spaces exist by design (aircraft engine), by failure (collapsed building) or naturally (human body). Existing open surgery can be replaced in large part by robotic and minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Minimally invasive surgery MIS, drug therapies, radiation treatment, and emerging interventional surgical approaches complement robotic surgery techniques as a replacement for or complement to open surgery."

During a robot assisted surgical procedure, the patient-side cart is positioned next to the operating table with the electromechanical arms arranged to provide access to the initial ports selected by the surgeon. Metal tubes attached to the arms are inserted through the ports, and the cutting and visualization instruments are introduced through the tubes into the patient's body.

The surgeon performs the procedure while sitting at a console, manipulating the instrument controls and viewing the operation through a vision system. When a surgeon needs to change an instrument the instrument is withdrawn from the surgical field using the controls at the console. This is done many times during an operation.

Confined spaces exist. A confined space exists because of a lack of ability to take apart or dismantle components. Confined spaces exist in nuclear reactors, aircraft, the human body, industrial processing plant, underwater environments, ship-building, space. Buildings, roads, pipelines and other man-made spaces all have confined spaces. The world is full of awkward confined spaces.

Snake-arm robots are self-contained portable devices and extensions to existing systems. These products build on software and hardware technology.

The companies that get an early foothold in the market have significant strategic advantage. The robotic snake leverages a new technique for robotic movement that benefits users by providing efficient access to difficult spaces. This factor is driving demand for snake robot systems. Since robotics provide a precise, repeatable and controlled ability to perform procedures in tight spaces, they are increasingly in demand.

The aging US population has supported demand for robotic surgical instruments, since the occurrence of health issues that require medical devices is higher in the elderly population. Buoyed by strong demand and sales, industry profit margins have increased.

Snake robot device markets at $15.5 million in 2011 are anticipated to reach $2.3 billion by 2018 as next devices, systems, and instruments are introduced to manage access to difficult spaces through small ports when large openings are unavailable or inconvenient.

Companies Profiled

Market Leaders

  • OC Robotics
  • HiBot
  • Medrobotics
  • Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM
  • Sintef

Market Participants

  • Applied Robotics Technologies, LLC
  • University of Michigan Mobile Robotics Lab Omnitread
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology Research Laboratories
Table of Content

Snake Robots Market Shares and Market Forecasts
Snake Robot Market Driving Forces
Snake Robots Market Shares
Snake Robot Market Forecasts

1. Snake Robots Market Description and Market Dynamics
1.1 Snake Robots Are Different
1.2 Modsnake Robots
1.2.1 Modsnake Robots Support Human Workers
1.3 Snakelike Robots Slither over Rough Landscape
1.4 Snake Robots Locomote
1.5 Serpentine Robot Applications
1.5.1 Seizing the Robotics Opportunity
1.5.2 Modular Self-Reconfiguring Robotic Systems
1.6 Public Aware That Robotics Have “Arrived”
1.7 Next Generation Snake Robotics

2. Snake Robots Market Shares and Market Forecasts
2.1 Snake Robot Market Driving Forces
2.2 Snake Robots Market Shares
2.3 Snake Robot Variety of Applications
2.3.1 HiBot / Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM
2.3.2 OC Robotics Snake-Arm for Aircraft Assembly
2.3.3 Minimally Invasive Equipment Surgical Robots
2.3.4 Medrobotics Cardioarm Is A Jointed Robot
2.3.5 SINTEF Robot Snakes Climb Pipes
2.3.6 University of Southampton.
2.3.7 CCTV Inspection
2.4 Snake Robot Market Forecasts
2.4.1 Cardiac Surgery Snake Robots Market Forecasts
2.4.2 Medrobotics Initial Goal Is To Help Avoid Open-Heart Surgery
2.4.3 Minimally Invasive Surgery Positioning: Medrobotics Requires One Incision At The Bottom Of The Ribs
Whereas The Da Vinci Endoscopic Surgical System Could Require Up To Six Incision Points
2.4.4 Medrobotics Positioning
2.5 Snake Robot Prices
2.5.1 Inaccessible Spaces - OC Robotics
2.5.2 Cardiac Surgery - Cardioarm
2.6 Snake Robots Regional Market Analysis
 
3. Snake Robot Product Description
3.1 OC Robotics
3.1.1 OC Robotics The Explorer Range
3.1.2 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Control
3.1.3 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Simulator
3.1.4 OC Robotics Snake-Arm for Aircraft Assembly
3.1.5 OC Robotics Extender Snake Range Of –Motion Robots Reach The Unreachable
3.1.6 OC Robotics Snake-Arm –
3.1.7 OC Robotics
3.1.8 OC Energy & Environment Robotics
3.2 University of Michigan All-Terrain Robotics:
3.2.1 University of Michigan Mobile Robotics Lab Omnitread
3.2.2 OmniTread Robot Snakes
3.3 Applied Robotics Technologies, LLC
3.3.1 The FLEXnav Proprioceptive Position Estimation (PPE) System
3.3.2 Applied Robotics Technologies Pricing
3.3.3 Heuristic Drift Reduction for Gyros in Vehicle Tracking Applications
3.3.4 Applied Robotics Technologies Key Benefits
3.3.5 Applied Robotics Technologies Pricing
3.4 NASA Robotic Snakes
3.5 Canadian Robotics Ltd.
3.6 Japan Guru World-Class Snake Robotics
3.7 NTNU and SINTEF in Norway World-Class Snake Robotics
3.7.1 Sintef Anna Konda
3.7.2 Anna Konda Firefighting Snakebot
3.7.3 Sintef Aiko
3.7.4 Sintef Pneumosnake
3.7.5 Sintef PiKo
3.7.6 Sintef Climbing Robot
3.7.7 Sintef Robot Learning
3.7.8 Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU Pneumosnake – Snake Robot With Pneumatic Bellows
3.8 Hibot
3.8.1 Hibot Pipetron
3.8.2 HiBot Expliner
3.8.3 HiBot ACM-R4H
3.8.4 HiBot ACM-R5
3.8.5 Hibot ACM-R5 Amphibious Robosnake
3.8.6 HiBot Japanese Snake Robot
3.9 Medrobotics
3.9.1 Medrobotics Snakelike Robots for Heart Surgery
3.9.2 Medrobotics Cardiac Surgery Snake Robot
3.9.3 Medrobotics Single Incision vs. Other Systems with  Six Incision Points
3.10 Maintaining High Voltage Transmission Lines Using Robotics
3.10.1  Hydro-Quebec Research Institute (IREQ)LineScout Tele-Operated Obstacle Crossing System
3.10.2  HiBot Expliner
3.10.3  America’s Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Autonomous Version

4. Snake Robot Technology
4.1 Actuated Joints In A Tight Volume
4.2 OC Robotics
4.2.1 OC Robotics Develops Snake-Arm Robots For Confined Spaces
4.2.2 OC Robotics Snake Arm Actuator Pack
4.2.3 OC Robotics Snake Arm
4.2.4 OC Robotics Tool
4.2.5 OC Robotics Confined Space Piece Manipulation
4.2.6 OC Robotics Confined Space Reach
4.3 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robot Basics
4.3.1 OC Robotics Snake Robot Curvature –
4.3.2 OC Robotics Protective Skins
4.3.3 OC Robotics Manages Hazardous Environments –
4.3.4 OC Robotics Software - SoftSnake
4.3.5 OC Robotics PipeSnake
4.3.6 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robots Aircraft Assembly
4.4 CISST ERC Snake Robot
4.5 Bio-Robotics Lab
4.6 Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute
4.7 Sintef
4.7.1 Sintef Aiko Snake Robot With Electric Motors
4.8 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Land and Amphibious Robot Snake
4.8.1 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM-R5 Control System
4.8.2 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Slim Slime Robot
4.8.3 Hirose Fukushima Lab pneumatically-driven Slime Robot
4.8.4 Hirose-Fukushima Lab at Tokyo Institute of Technology Amphibious Snake Robot - ACM-R5
4.9 DrGavin S7 Snake Robot Rectilinear Locomotion
4.9.1 Nottingham Trent University
4.10 Israeli Army Deploys Robot Snakes
4.10.1  Israeli Military Develops Robot Snake Bomb Hirose Fukushima Lab
4.11 Merlin Robotics, Nottingham Trent University Robot Snake Dance
4.12 Snake Bot at Carnegie Mellon
4.12.1  Carnegie Mellon Conforming Loop
4.13 CardioArm Biomedicine Snakelike Robots for Heart Surgery
4.13.1  Snake Robot Helps Wounded Soldiers
4.14 Hughes Aircraft R7 Early Robotic Snake
4.15 British 'Serpentine Spy'
4.16 IDF Spy Robot Snake
4.17 SINTEF Robot Snakes Climb Pipes
4.17.1  SINTEF Anna Konda
4.18 Climbing Snakes Biorobotics Lab, Carnegie Mellon University
4.19 NASA Snake-bot  VS InnoSTAR
4.20 Applied Robotics Technologies, LLC

5. Snake Robots Company Profiles
5.1 Applied Robotics Technologies, LLC
5.2 Medrobotics
5.2.1 Medrobotics Closes $11.7 Million In "Series C" Funding
5.2.2 Medrobotics Several Generations Of Snake Robot Platforms
5.2.3 Medrobotics Advances Clinical Development of Snake Robot for Surgery
5.2.4 Medrobotics Positioning
5.2.5 Cardiac Surgery Gold Standard
5.2.6 Medrobotics Snake Robot Technologies For Use In A Wide Range Of Surgical And Interventional Applications
5.2.7 Medrobotics Technology & Research Center
5.3 HiBot
5.4 OC Robotics
5.4.1 OC Robotics Technology & Innovation
5.4.2 OC Roboics Robots Extend The Reach Of Manual Process
5.4.3 OC Robotics A CANDU Snake-Arm Robot
5.4.4 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robots
5.5 University of Michigan Mobile Robotics Lab Omnitread
5.6 Tokyo Institute of Technology Research Laboratories
5.6.1 Tokyo Institute of Technology / Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM
5.6.2 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Hibot
5.7 Sintef
5.8 Selected List of University and Research Snake Robots

List of Tables


Table ES-1 Snake Robot Market Driving Forces
Table ES-2 Confined Spaces
Figure ES-3 Snake Robots Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2011
Figure ES-4 Snake Robot Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2012-2018
Figure 1-1 Mod Snake Robots Snake robots are different.
Table 1-2 Serpentine Robot Applications
Table 2-1 Snake Robot Market Driving Forces
Table 2-2 Confined Spaces
Figure 2-3 Snake Robots Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2011
Figure 2-4 Snake Robots Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2011
Figure 2-5 HiBot Inspection of High-Voltage Power Lines
Figure 2-6 HiBot Balances on High-Voltage Power Lines
Figure 2-7 Robotic Snake Permits Surgeon to Enter Heart Via Mouth
Figure 2-8 Snake Robot Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2012-2018
Table 2-9 Snake Robots Market Industry Segments, Reaching Unreachable,
Surgery, Surveillance, Dollars, Worldwide,2012-2018 
Figure 2-10 Snake Robot Market Forecasts, Units, Worldwide, 2012-2018
Figure 2-11 Snake Robot Market Industry Segments, Units, Worldwide,2012-2018 
Figure 2-12 Cardiac Surgery Snake Robots Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2012-2018
Figure 2-13 Reaching The Un Reachable Snake Robot Market Forecasts Dollars,Worldwide, 2012-2018
Figure 2-14 Snake Robots Regional Market Segments, Dollars,  2011
Table 2-15 Snake Robots Regional Market Segments, 2010
Figure 3-1 OC Robotics Explorer Range
Figure 3-2 OC Robotics Explorer Range User Interface
Figure 3-3 OC Robotics Explorer Range Actuator Pack
Figure 3-4 OC Robotics Explorer Range Snake Arm
Figure 3-5 OC Robotics Explorer Arm Extensions
Figure 3-6 OC Robotics Extender Snake Range Of –Motion
Figure 3-7 OC Robotics Extender Models and Payloads
Figure 3-7 (Continued) OC Robotics Extender Models and Payloads
Figure 3-8 OC Robotics Arms in Confined Spaces
Table 3-9 University of Michigan Omnitread Innovations:
Figure 3-10 University of Michigan Omnitread
Table 3-11 University of Michigan Mobile Omnitread Robotic Motion Capabilities
Table 3-12 University of Michigan Mobile Robotics Lab Omnitread Robotic Motion Capabilities
Figure 3-13 Omnitread robot snakes
Figure 3-14 FLEXnav PPE System
Table 3-15 FLEXnav PPE System Features
Figure 3-16 Applied Robotics Technologies Typical Experimental Results: Position Errors After 120-160 M Travel On Moderately Rugged Terrain
Figure 3-17 Sintef Anna Konda
Table 3-18 Anna KondaTechnical data
Figure 3-19 Sintef’s Anna Konda Snake Robot
Table 3-20 Sintef’s Anna Konda Firefighting Snakebot
Table 3-21 SINTEF Firefighting Snakebot Components
Figure 3-22 Norwegian Company Sintef Anna Konda
Table 3-23 SINTEF Firefighting Snakebot Target  Markets
Figure 3-24 Sintef Aiko
Table 3-25 SINTEF / NTNU Aiko Technical data
Figure 3-26 Sintef Pneumosnake
Figure 3-27 Sintef PiKo
Figure 3-28 Sintef PiKo Robot For Vertical Movement
Figure 3-29 Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU Pneumosnake – Snake Robot With Pneumatic Bellows
Table 3-30 Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU Technical data
Table 3-31 NTNU / SINTEF Next Generation Robotics for Norwegian Industry
Figure 3-32 HiBot
Figure 3-33 HiBot Expliner
Figure 3-34 HiBot ACM-R4H
Figure 3-35 HiBot ACM-R5
Figure 3-36 Hibot ACM-R5 Amphibious Robosnake
Figure 3-37 Hibot ACM-R5 Amphibious Robosnake
Table 3-38 Medrobotics Medical Field Target Markets
Figure 3-39 Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke Looking At Snaking Robot Camera Made by Medrobotics
Figure 4-1 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robots Remote Car Inspection
Figure 4-2 Robotics Develops Snake-Arm Robots For Confined Spaces
Figure 4-3 OC Robotics Actuator Pack
Figure 4-4 OC Robotics Snake Arm
Figure 4-5 OC Robotics Snake Robot Tool
Table 4-6 OC Robotics Able To Snake Into Cluttered Environments
Figure 4-7 OC Robotics Extend Robot Arms With Elbows
Figure 4-8 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robot Basics
Figure 4-9 OC Robotics Snake Curvatures
Figure 4-10 OC Robotics Protective Skins
Figure 4-11 OC Robotics Arm Materials Allow For Radiation, Heat, Vacuum, Magnetic Fields, And Operations In Explosive Atmospheres
Figure 4-12 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robots Extend Reach Of The Human
Figure 4-13 OC Robotics PipeSnake
Figure 4-14 OC Robotics Snake Robot Angle of Curvature
Figure 4-15 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robots Aircraft
Figure 4-16 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robot Extender
Figure 4-17 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robot Made Up Of A Large Number Of Segments
Figure 4-18 CISST ERC Snake Robot
Figure 4-19 Bio-Robotics Lab Snake Robots that Climb
Figure 4-20 Bio-Robotics Lab Snake Robot Climbing
Figure 4-21 Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Door Opening Robot
Figure 4-22 Sintef Snake Robot Designed To Be Used To Put Out Fires
Figure 4-23 Sintef Anna Konda Robot Equipped With Nozzles
Figure 4-24 Sintef Aiko Snake Robot With Electric Motors
Figure 2-25 Sintef’s Snake Robot
Figure 4-26 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM-R5 - Amphibious Robot Snake
Figure 4-27 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Slim Slime Robot
Table 4-28 Slim Slime ACM Robot Features
Table 4-29 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Slim Slime Robot Applications
Figure 4-30 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Serpentine Propulsion
Figure 4-31 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM xSlim Slime Robot With a Child
Figure 4-32 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Slim Slime Robot Module Construction
Figure 4-33 Tokyo Institute of Technology / Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Snake Like Trackers
Figure 4-34 Tokyo Institute of Technology / Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Snake Like Creep Motion Of Snake, Pedal Waves Of Snail And Limpet,
Lateral Rolling, And Pivot Turn 
Figure 4-35 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Robot Snake Modular Construction
Figure 4-36 Snake Robot Hirose-Fukushima Lab at Tokyo Institute of Technology
Figure 4-37 Hirose-Fukushima Lab at Tokyo Institute of Technology ACM-R5
Figure 4-38 Robot Hirose-Fukushima Lab at Tokyo Institute of Technology Amphibious Snake Robot - ACM-R5
Table 4-39 DrGavin S7 Rectilinear Locomotion Snake Robot
Figure 4-40 DrGavin S7 Sensor Suite That Includes Detectors
Figure 4-41 DrGavin S5 Robot Snake Control System Electronics Functional Diagram
Figure 4-42 DrGavin Robot Snake
Figure 4-43 Merlin Robotics / Nottingham Trent University Air Robot Snake
Figure 4-44 Israeli Army Deploys Robot Snakes
Figure 4-45 Israeli Army Bomb Hirose Fukushima Lab Robot Snakes
Figure 4-46 Israeli Snake Robot
Figure 4-47 Merlin Robotics, Nottingham Trent University Robot Snake Dance
Figure 4-48 Snake Bot at the Carnegie Mellon
Figure 4-49 Carnegie Mellon Modular Bot
Figure 4-50 Carnegie Mellon Modular Bot Tricycle Riding
Figure 4-51 Carnegie Mellon Obstacle Climbing
Figure 4-52 Carnegie Mellon Fence Climbing
Figure 4-53 Carnegie Mellon Stair Climbing
Figure 4-54 CardioArm Biomedicine Snakelike Robots for Heart Surgery
Figure 4-55 Snake Robot Helps Wounded Soldiers
Figure 4-56 Hughes Aircraft R7 Early Robotic Snake
Figure 4-57 British Military Reconnaissance Robot Can Be Dropped From A Helicopter
Figure 4-58 University of Southampton Anaconda Rubber Snake Generates Power From Waves
Figure 4-59 SINTEF Robot Snakes Climb Pipes
Figure 4-60 SINTEF Anna Konda The Fire Fighting Snake Robot
Figure 4-61 SINTEF Aiko Snake Robot With Electric Motors
Figure 4-62 Sintef Pneumosnake Snake Robot With Pneumatic Bellows
Figure 4-63 Climbing Snakes Biorobotics Lab, Carnegie Mellon University
Figure 4-64 InnoSTAR™ Robotic Kit
Figure 4-65 Applied Robotics Technologies, LLC Fiber Optic Gyros Function Of Rate Of Rotation And Temperature
Snake Robots Company Profiles
Table 5-1 Cardiac Surgery Improvements
Table 5-2 Medrobotics Snake Robot Technologies For Use In A Wide Range Of Surgical And Interventional Applications
Table 5-3 Medrobotics Snake Robot Technologies Specialist Areas Served
Figure 5-4 OC Robotics
Figure 5-5 OC Robotics Conducts Inspections Within CANDU Reactors
Figure 5-6 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robot Technology
Table 5-7 University of Michigan Mobile Robotics Lab Areas Of Interest
Figure 5-8 Tokyo Institute of Technology Electrochemistry Spextroscopic Techniquees

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