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Toshiba shows off robot meant to help at nuke site

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Toshiba shows off robot meant to help at nuke site
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Updated 5:02 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2012

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toshiba Corp. has developed a robot it says can withstand high radiation to work in nuclear disasters, but it's not clear what exactly the robot is capable of doing if and when it gets the go-ahead to enter Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The robot took a jerky misstep during a demonstration to reporters, freezing with one leg up in the air. [...] Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it might use the robot to inspect the suppression chamber of the nuclear plant where a devastating meltdown occurred after a mammoth tsunami slammed into northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. Japan boasts among the world's most sophisticated robotics technology, exemplified in the walking, talking human-shaped Asimo robot from Honda Motor Co. The inability of such gadgetry to help out with the Fukushima disaster was widely criticized.
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Source: Associated Press - on November 21, 2012

News video: New Robot Could Help Japan's Nuke Disaster

New Robot Could Help Japan's Nuke Disaster

Toshiba Corp. unveiled a robot that the company says can withstand high radiation and help in nuclear disasters. But technical glitches may hinder the robots ability to help. (Nov. 21)

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