After last month’s dorky debut in which Toshiba’s nuclear disaster robot was a disaster (3Yen / 2012-Nov-22 / Left), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries* has stepped up to plate and hit a homerun for the home team, those lovable losers, Japan Inc.
As shown below, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ “MEISTeR” robot appears to be far more functional and thankfully much less anthropomorphically kawaii/cutesy compared to other Japanese failbots†.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries reveals nuclear plant inspection robot MHI-MEISTeR
gizmag.com | 2012/12/06
Over the past few weeks, Japan has unveiled robotic exoskeletons and quadrupeds designed to work in radioactive areas, and today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has revealed its own inspection and maintenance robot. The MHI-MEISTeR (Maintenance Equipment Integrated System of Telecontrol Robot) has two arms …and negotiates uneven terrain, including stair steps up to 22 cm (8.5 inches) on its four independently-moving tank tracks.
*Full disclosure: As a subcontractor, I work for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
from time to time often in the field of factory automation.
MHI treats me much better than other Japanese companies.