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Send in the 'Bots

2011-03-18 17:28:41.901502+00 by ebradway 7 comments

The US Air Force is sending in a Global Haw UAV with infrared sensors to assess WTF is happening with the Fukushima Dai-1 reactor. Finally, someone's realizing realizing that 'bots can help.

[ related topics: Robotics Aviation Current Events Nuclear Disaster ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-19 14:56:40.635656+00 by: ebradway

iRobot is sending in four of there best. Ironic that it seemed Japan was becoming the runaway leader in robotics but its US robots that are being called to action.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-19 19:03:43.704621+00 by: p3t3rbuilt

That actually is really funny. Hadn't thought about that. All of Japan's robotics are apparently worthless for any useful application.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-20 01:39:48.722381+00 by: Larry Burton

Japan builds some of the best industrial robots in the world. The problem seems to be that their robots are either for industrial purposes or entertainment. More arcane uses seem to have been ignored.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-20 03:36:26.615492+00 by: ebradway

"More arcane uses"... like saving their island from a runaway nuke plant?

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-20 13:13:44.584002+00 by: Larry Burton

Eric, under the current circumstances that use doesn't look so arcane but under normal circumstances, yeah.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-20 17:59:59.681898+00 by: ebradway

I'm actually a big fan of nuclear power. But I also have respect for the power of the atom. One should not prepare for "normal circumstance" when one is splitting atoms. I would have expected the Japanese to be especially tight on their disaster preparations when it comes to their nuke plants. For instance, the backup generators that were trucked in had the wrong power connector?!?

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-29 20:20:53.613198+00 by: Larry Burton

I found an interesting article about the US exporting robots to Japan to help with the clean up of Fukushima Daiachi.