IEEE said on Friday that iRobot is sending four of its robots to aid the workers at the Fukushima Daiichi power plants.
The robots being sent include the Packbot 510 and the Warrior 710. Both bots have wireless video, remote control and sensors/detectors. The Warrior 710 can navigate rubble, climb stairs, and even deploy the smaller Packbot.
This will give the brave workers another tool to look at what is going on inside the power plants.
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Before I read this post, I was thinking “they’re gonna need more than four roombas to clean up there!”
Honestly, what the hell. Us sending robots to help Japan out seems a little backwards.
Steve IEEE Gave us this answer:
“Due to post-World War II regulations, Japanese robot makers can’t export military robots. For this reason, Japanese robots haven’t been tested in real conditions as extensively as U.S. robots like iRobot’s PackBot and Foster-Miller’s Talon, both used in Iraq and Afghanistan, have.
What’s more, Japan’s wireless regulation is very strict, limiting the power output of transmissions, even during emergencies, compared to what is allowed in the United States.”