Robotic measuring tape snail really crawls (video) via MAKE. Super cute –
“Meter Crawler” is a normal steel measure crawls like a snail. It combines the movement of measuring and moving of snail. It is combined functions of objects and organic movements or human behaviors. Physical objects animate like animals or insects. A meter crawler protrudes its steel measure four or eight cm. The body of the crawler follows the steel measure and thus moves forward. When it is taken away from floor, it stops moving, and the steel measure holds into the case. When it is on a floor, it starts protrudes its steel measure and move forward.