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But snake-like robots are just one part of Professor Hirose’s research.

“I’m interested in all kinds of different shapes of robot,” he told the BBC news website.

One of his most successful designs is a robot that can walk or propel itself on wheels like a roller skate.

There are now more than 70 of his Titan robots in labs around the world where they are used to study robotic motion.

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