Disaster response robot will inspect the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor building
News On Japan via diginfo.tv -- Oct 24
The compact explorer robot, Sakura, being developed by the Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo) at the Chiba Institute of Technology, is the latest in their line of disaster response robots, and has been designed so it can enter and survey the basements of the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor buildings.
Sakura will use its camera to look for cracks, but as the camera can't see everywhere, Sakura also has a directional microphone to detect the sound of water.
An additional obstacle is that the stairway below ground is steeper than that above. So, Sakura also has improved climbing performance to handle steep gradients.
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Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
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