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U.S. robots aid in Japan relief efforts
ComputerWorld ^ | March 25, 2011 01:59 PM ET | Sharon Gaudin

Posted on 03/30/2011 2:25:43 PM PDT by justa-hairyape

Robots may soon be rolling through Japanese nuclear power plants, testing the air for radiation and evaluating the amount of damage to the facilities.

Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot shipped four battery-powered robots to Japan late last week to help the Japanese military with the daunting relief effort in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The company, which in the past has sent robots to aid rescue and cleanup efforts in the area affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, also has six employees in Japan helping to train others to use the machines.

(Excerpt) Read more at computerworld.com ...


TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japan; nuclear; radiation; robots
American Manufacturing is not dead !
1 posted on 03/30/2011 2:25:45 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

Sourced from ComputerWorld article.

2 posted on 03/30/2011 2:28:15 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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I’m sure they thought of this, but I wonder what shielding or special features they need to operate in a high radiation exposure environment.


3 posted on 03/30/2011 2:31:34 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: justa-hairyape

I had read they were ahead of us in robotics.

4 posted on 03/30/2011 2:31:55 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Truth29

Yes, apparently both we and the French have an array of robotic equipment designed for nuclear site work. Odd that the Japanese never thought that idea worthwhile.


5 posted on 03/30/2011 2:33:54 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Truth29
iRobot Product Specs
6 posted on 03/30/2011 2:34:26 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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7 posted on 03/30/2011 2:36:09 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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Odd that the Japanese never thought that idea worthwhile.

The Japanese also thought hardening their steam exhaust ports from their BWR's was also not needed. Even though the US did harden ours and did recommend that Japan harden theirs. The exhaust for steam from their reactors was sent through aluminum piping vents.

8 posted on 03/30/2011 2:37:11 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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Irobot just sent over a case of “roombas”.
9 posted on 03/30/2011 2:43:19 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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Four robots in total. PackBot and Warrior.
10 posted on 03/30/2011 2:47:57 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

ComputerWorld is about two weeks behind the news, like most of the MSM. Do a search of iRobot on FR.


11 posted on 03/30/2011 2:50:09 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: Truth29
U.S. to send radiation-hardened robots to Japan
12 posted on 03/30/2011 2:52:05 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: ScreamingFist

News story is breaking all over the world right now. First saw it in an Australian news report that could not be posted here due to copyright.


13 posted on 03/30/2011 2:55:07 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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“News story is breaking all over the world right now.”

Right. March 19th.

http://www.bostonherald.com/business/technology/general/view/2011_0319robots_to_lend_japan_a_hand_roomba_maker_helps_with_nuke_disaster/


14 posted on 03/30/2011 3:03:45 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: justa-hairyape
Japanese are deploying some of their own robots also.

Monirobo robots scan for radiation dangers at Fukushima nuclear plant

15 posted on 03/30/2011 3:06:10 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: ScreamingFist
Boston is not the world, even though Bostonians might think so. Have read almost every thread on this disaster. Did not see iRobot mentioned once in any of those threads. Kindly provide a freeper link.
16 posted on 03/30/2011 3:08:02 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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Boston is not the world, even though Bostonians might think so.

I understand you probably have a job and aren't quite up to date my FRiend. More interesting to me is why the radiation hardened robots in Germany and France, built for this scenario, are still in Germany and France.

17 posted on 03/30/2011 3:12:00 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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So you have no freeper link. Go bother someone else.
18 posted on 03/30/2011 3:15:28 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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The Japanese do apparently have quite an extensive array of robots that they are deploying. Even a snake robot.

From The 26-Foot-Long Snakebot

19 posted on 03/30/2011 3:20:17 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

Thanks for the link.


20 posted on 03/30/2011 3:30:09 PM PDT by Truth29
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So you have no freeper link. Go bother someone else.

Well, I tried to be nice. The Monirobo pic you so graciously supply has been on FR for weeks. This isn't breaking news. It's news for dumbasses two weeks behind. I'm not going to do your homework for you junior.....have a nice life.

21 posted on 03/30/2011 3:30:37 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: ScreamingFist

All I asked for was a link to support your position. That is standard procedures around here and you should know that by now.


22 posted on 03/30/2011 3:43:56 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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