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Japan Readies Robot For Work At Crippled Nuclear Reactor 78

Posted by samzenpus
from the send-in-the-bots dept.
angry tapir writes "A Japanese robotics lab has developed a new emergency response prototype that will soon be put to work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan. The robot, called 'Rosemary,' is about the size of a lawn mower and has four extended treaded feet that swivel up and down to help it climb over obstacles."
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Japan Readies Robot For Work At Crippled Nuclear Reactor

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  • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Monday May 28, 2012 @02:13AM (#40132943)
    It issues press releases that say "everything is under control, nothing to see here, move along". When pressed, it says "what radiation?".
    • by formfeed (703859)

      To be fair, they did have the robot ready already a year ago.
      But it took them a year to figure out how it could retain its full mobility while being fitted with a schoolgirl uniform.

  • by TWX (665546) on Monday May 28, 2012 @02:15AM (#40132957)
    I see that it can carry about 130lb. I don't see anything about mechanized welding, or drilling, or any other kind of pipe fitting or other heavy work that would be useful in a damaged machine that one is trying to stabilize. What is the real purpose of this robot? If it's to test the tech to see if they can produce it domestically instead of relying on American robots, then that's cool, but it's not exactly something earth-shattering when there have already been robots exploring the ruins and taking samples. If there's some greater purpose or more industrial use then I would like to know what that purpose is.
    • The maneuverability on non-level and obstacle-covered surfaces may open more areas to inspection. That was the capability they emphasized.

    • Earth-shattering robots, that's the LAST thing we need!

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Walterk (124748)

      I see that it can carry about 130lb. [..] What is the real purpose of this robot?

      Carrying out the dead bodies?

  • Apparently the robot is insisting on proof that the radiation won't make him sterile.
  • The robot, called 'Rosemary,' is about the size of a lawn mower and has four extended treaded feet that swivel up and down to help it climb over obstacles.

    But after a few hours in the Fukushima Daiichi EZ-Bake-Nuclear Oven, it will morph into this critter: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cc/Mechagodzilla.jpg [wikimedia.org].

    Call it Rosilla. Maybe a real life Roseanne Barr can battle it, while crushing paper houses, and being attacked by plastic model tanks, with fire crackers on their gun barrels?

    So what do they do with the highly radioactive robot Rosemary after it crawls out of the reactor? Can they de-radioactivize it, or something like that? Or does it get buried in a concrete coffin for future generations to deal with?

  • does it use vacuum tubes?

  • Must have cost a bit to refit it so it's mouth didn't move sensuously.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Must have cost a bit to refit it so it's mouth didn't move sensuously.

      And it doesn't have enought tentacles.

  • Use robots?

    How fleshist of you! Sending in peaceful, sentient machines to dangerous areas. You think you're better than them? Huh?

  • by Chris Mattern (191822) on Monday May 28, 2012 @06:03PM (#40137611)

    ...the robot replied, "Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they're making me clean up dangerous radioactive waste."

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