Toshiba four-legged robot to explore radioactive Fukushima nuclear reactor [VIDEO]

// November 22nd, 2012 // Robotics



Toshiba revealed an early version of their new four-legged rescue and recovery robot yesterday.  The “tetrapod” robot will carry out investigative and recovery work in locations that are too risky for people to enter such as Tokyo Electric Power Plant Fukushima No.1 Nuclear power plant.  The multiple joints of its legs are controlled by a dedicated movement algorithm that enables the robot to walk on uneven surfaces, avoid obstacles and climb stairs, securing access into areas that are too challenging to be reached by wheeled robots or crawlers. It can even birth a second robot, a smaller wheeled bot carrying a remote camera, for tight spaces that the larger “mother” tetrabot would find too small to pass through.

Below is a video of the robot.


Toshiba’s four-legged robot
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