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Toshiba shows off robot meant to help at nuke site

November 22, 2012 • Business


Toshiba Corp.’s nuclear inspection robot is set on stairs before climbing stairs during a demonstration at a Toshiba factory in Yokohama, west of Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The four-legged robot is designed to help at the meltdown-crippled Japanese nuclear plant, climbing over debris and venturing into radiated areas off-limits to human workers. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toshiba Corp. has developed a robot it says can withstand high radiation to work in nuclear disasters, but it’s not clear what exactly the robot is capable of doing if and when it gets the go-ahead to enter Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

The four-legged robot can climb over debris and venture into radiated areas off-limits to humans. One significant innovation, Toshiba said, is that its wireless network can be controlled in high radiation, automatically seeking better transmission when reception becomes weak.

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