What’s the News: Japan has finally called in the robots to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, dispatching this red AKA Monirobo that is equipped with radiation detectors, temperature and humidity sensors, and a 3-D camera.
What’s the Olds:
- This particular robot is one of a suite of earthquake rescue bots that Japan has at its disposal.
- 80beats has covered Japanese robotic wonders such as the first robot marathon runners and catwalk-strutting robots as well. (If you’re wondering why such a tech-savvy, robot-friendly country didn’t deploy robots earlier, Reuters has a couple of guesses: old, robot-unfriendly reactor design, and a surprisingly anachronistic tendency to leave humans in charge of some easily automated tasks, “such as operating elevators and warning motorists of road construction.”)
- Japanese engineers have also created robots that express emotion.
- And one nuclear facility is mere parsley on the fish compared to Japan’s big goal of launching a robot to the moon.
Not So Fast: It isn’t clear how much work (if any) the AKA Monirobo is accomplishing thus far.
Image: Asahi Shimbun