While last year’s Fukushima disaster was a surprise for the rest of the world who believed that Japan had all the technology available to avert such a disaster, another embarrassment for the land of the rising sun came when the country looked towards United States for nuclear-ready robots that could aid in the stabilization of the plant. Japan has always been on the forefront of robot technology and to avoid any more embarrassment Toshiba has developed a new walking robot that is designed specifically to work in nuclear emergencies.
The quadruped robot comes with six cameras and a dosimeter to measure radiation and can easily carry out research and restoration work in places where people cannot go. The robot can be remotely controlled and can walk on uneven terrain and can even climb stairs. The robot is powered by an onboard battery and can continuously walk for 2 hours before needing a recharge. Along with the wireless walking robot, the team here has also come up with a state-of-the-art small vehicle with a wired connection that can be deployed from the robot’s base to take photos in hard-to-reach places.