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Video: Toshiba Develops Fukushima Robot

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Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   5/18/2014 6:11:20 PM
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Sending robots in to a still smoldering nuclear power plant for damage assessment is a great idea. It's what they were built for, however when it comes to repairing the damage and cleaning up the aftermath will fall to humans. I find it incredibly amazing that the elderly in that region have volunteered to go in on what can only be termed as a 'suicide missions' to repair the ailing reactors.

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Ann R. Thryft   12/27/2012 12:51:48 PM
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TJ, that's an intriguing idea. But the rad-hard ability is a big, big factor, due to extremely high radiation levels inside the damaged plant. Quad copters, at least presently, aren't very rugged compared to UGVs, which already have a lot of generations of development behind them in the military.

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Ann R. Thryft   12/27/2012 12:51:13 PM
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Lou, I agree. Then reasons appear to be that, until this disaster Japan's robot development hadn't been aimed at this type of device, but in other directions, such as towards the consumer sector and humanoid forms.

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Cabe Atwell   12/20/2012 1:38:08 AM
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Always in disaster do we see innovation and development. Some could argue that no one could envision the need for such a bot before the disaster, not it is an industry. Take a look at what came from World War II, More innovation than I have time today to write.

Despite how technologically advance the Japanese are, or were, perhaps they are looking elsewhere for inspiration and new ideas.

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TJ McDermott   12/19/2012 11:22:13 PM
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naperlou, I am also surprised by this.

Additionally, I wonder if they're thinking too conventionally.  A quad-copter is a self-stabilizing platform with cameras, one that can move around precisely without having to deal with stairs.  It's off-the-shelf hardware that is quite inexpensive.  It's not radiation-hardened, but they can purchase an awful lot of them and get quick inspection results.

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naperlou   12/18/2012 12:12:44 PM
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Ann, it is suprising that Japan does not have these robots.  Japan has been a big developer of robots for a long time.  They also have had nuclear power for a long time. 

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