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Toshiba Shows Four-Legged Robot for Nuke Disaster
ABC News | by Yuri Kageyyama AP Business Writer
Nov. 21, 2012 (AP) YOKOHAMA–Toshiba Corp. unveiled a robot Wednesday that the company says can withstand high radiation and help…[at] Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.
The four-legged robot can climb over debris and venture into radiated areas off-limits to humans…But the machine, which looks like an ice cooler on wobbly metal legs, also appears prone to glitches. The robot took a jerky misstep during a demonstration to reporters, freezing with one leg up in the air. It had to be lifted by several people and rebooted.…more...
Previous 3Yen reports of Japan’s robotic failures at the time of its greatest need include:
• More Japanese robot wankering (3Yen / 2012-09-28)
• Japanese robot ‘misuse’ (3Yen / 2012-02-19)
• Japanese Fembot Bar (3Yen / 2012-07-28)
• Japan’s govn’t to build fun Gundams! (3Yen / 2012-06-27)