Japan’s new nuclear disaster robot is a disaster

In a disastrous debut, Japan Inc’s newest AT-AT Walker (Wiki) fails spectacularly.
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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)

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  2. Are they actively trying to fuck up ?

    1 meter tall
    narrow
    fragile
    heavy mass on top.

    The rover seems to use standard RC car wheels on a chassis without ground clearance.

    And it seems to have frozen on stage
    http://enenews.com/new-nuclear-proof-ro … away-photo

    Video of the disaster here.
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121121_32.html

    Hints for the japanese clowns:
    When you want to make robots that can move or survive in harsh/bumpy environement, you do like NASA for their rover or the standar disasters intervention robots, wheels or tracks, low center of gravity, everything done to avoid roll overs…

    Oh… and I thought robots where not needed… http://www.smartplanet.fr/smart-technology/accident-nucleaire-les-robots-francais-recales-au-japon-1438/

    French Groupe Intra robots and mobile hardened shelter. that were ready to board an Antonov 225 in March 2011 but refused by japan as being ‘inadapted’ (to the country of 4 seasons I suppose):

    http://www.groupe-intra.com/pages2/intervention/moyens2.htm
    http://www.groupe-intra.com/pages2/intervention/moyens3.htm
    http://www.groupe-intra.com/pages2/intervention/moyens4.htm
    http://www.groupe-intra.com/pages2/intervention/moyens5.htm

  3. Coligny wrote:
    1 meter tall
    narrow
    fragile
    heavy mass on top.

    For a second there, I thought you were talking about Sarkozy again….

  4. When the poor robot was told it was going to Fukushima, I am shocked it didn’t make a run for the door setting new speed record for 4-legged ambulation!

  5. And what a proper stair climbing door opening robot should look like:

    eole
    EOLE
    (Robotised Device for Observation and Localization in the Environment)
    Manufacturer : REMOTEC (USA) Model: ANDROS Mark 5

    Really, they wont be able to claim they didn’t deserve it when entire city populations start shitting blood…

  6. Big update–Nothing has improved…

    Japan’s [robots are M.I.A. in the] “Long War” to shut down Fukushima
    Reuters | Mar. 5, 2013
    Just months after the Quince robot was deployed to inspect Japan’s tsunami-devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the $6 million Japanese robot got trapped in its dark and winding pathways.
    Seventeen months later, the high-tech soldier-bot is still missing in action — a symbol of a daunting decommissioning project that will take decades, require huge injections of human and financial capital and rely on yet-to-be developed technologies.
    “It’s like going to war with bamboo sticks,” said Takuya Hattori, president of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum and a 36-year veteran of Fukushima plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co, known as Tepco.
    More…

    japanese-pooper-bot

  7. “It’s like going to war with bamboo sticks,” said Takuya Hattori, president of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum and a 36-year veteran of Fukushima plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co, known as Tepco.

    So they are going to reactivate the training program for highschoolers to shoot down bombers with bamboo spears ?
    again ?
    sumthing sumthing, learn from history, sumthing sumthing, makez mistakez again…

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