This week in robots: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant edition
iRobot does much more than keep your floors clean. They also manufacture the PackBot, a small teleoperated UGV designed to be rugged yet effective. Most recently, PackBots have been deployed to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan to measure radiation and assess damages. Remote controlled UAVs and construction equipment have also been deployed to aid in the cleanup and containment. An interesting departure from Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and counter-insurgency applications.
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This is cool stuff. Now we just need to start utilizing the Big Dog robot. Then come the T-800’s. I’m a big fan of robots, I just hope they don’t come after my job.
That robot “Big Dog” Is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. I wish it had some sort of rudimentary AI that allowed a little bit of creepy robot speech to trickle out.
Creepy or not, it is some pretty amazing technology. We are mere steps away from Battlemechs. Can’t wait!
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