Japan Robot Makers Build New Suit To End Fukushima Crisis

Category: Technology / Feb 21, 2013 9:17AM EDT
Japanese robot developers unveiled their latest robotic technologies on Wednesday (February 20) with a focus on how to help end the nuclear crisis in Fukushima. The project, called ‘New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization,’ is a joint collaboration between developers from nine organizations including corporate research centers and university labs. It is looking for ways robots can be used for dismantling operations inside the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors. One of the main developments on display at the showcase on the outskirts of Tokyo, was a robotic suit capable of lifting up to 130 pounds. The suit was originally designed to help the elderly population in Japan, but it was quickly adapted for a new purpose. The new disaster version of the suit features body plates that protect the wearer from gamma rays and sensors to monitor vital signs. It also helps prevent heat stroke by providing an air-conditioning system. The Fukushima disaster was the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl, triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Video Source: Reuters