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toshiba nuclear emergency robot
nov 22, 2012
toshiba nuclear emergency robot


toshiba nuclear emegency robot
image © AP/ itsuo inouye

 

  

japanese electronics company toshiba has developed a robot capable of withstanding high radiation and working in nuclear environments,
otherwise off limits to humans. designed in an effort to decomission japan’s crippled fukushima dai-ichi nuclear plant, the four-legged wirelessly
controlled device can climb over debris and stairs, navigating around rugged and difficult terrain.

 

outfitted with six cameras and a dosimeter to measure radiation, the 143 pound robot is controlled via remote control, where emergency
workers can observe damages from nuclear disasters from safe distances. a small ‘camera-equipped platform’ vehicle can also be deployed
from its base to take photos in narrow, hard-to-reach areas.

 

 

toshiba nuclear emergency robot climbing stairs
image © AP/ itsuo inouye

 

 

 

side view climbing down stairs
image © AP/ itsuo inouye

 

 

 

engineers assisting the trial robot
image © AP/ itsuo inouye

 

 

new robot could help japan’s nuke disaster
video courtesy of the associated press

 

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