Enyu To Assist Japan Cleanup
Robots continue to assist in Japan after the recent tragedy. The latest is a 5 ton rescue robot that was built after the 1995 Kobe earthquake. The Enryu robot has two arms that can lift over 200 lbs. and can be controlled by a nearby cab or portable control panel. Tmsuk President Yoichi Takamoto said he believed it can help remove the rubble from around the crippled plant.
Although nuclear power plant builders Toshiba, Hitachi and Mitsubishi believed that robotics should have been developed back then for just such a disaster, the funds were never enough to keep that project going and the prototype ended up only as a display at the Sendai Science Museum. Even now, they are not sure what type of effect radiation will have on the bot's ability and are testing it to see if lead needs to be added as a shield.
Via Japan Times
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at May 2, 2011 11:23 AM