Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Created robot suit for Fukushima workers

Robotic suit that is controlled by brain waves and gives good protection against radioactive radiation was presented today in Japan.

The researchers presented the latest version of the suit HAL (Hybrid extra limb), which could be used in the business of dismantling the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.

HAL, the supercomputer's name from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," Stanley Kubrick, contains a network of sensors that receive electrical signals from the brain of a person who wears a suit, quoted by AFP. These signals are then activated hand and foot robotic suits that follow the movements of workers who wears it and thereby relieve his muscles.

JoŇ°ijuki Sankai, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University Cukuba said that this means that workers will barely feel the weight of 60 pounds of protective equipment they must wear in Fukushima.

Sankai is added to the outer layer of robotic suits blocking radiation, and cooling fans inside workers. Embedded computers can monitor heart rate and breathing, in order to notice signs of fatigue.


The suit is made by "Sajberdajn". It is interesting that a company of the same name produced by the Terminator in this film from 1984. year.

HAL is displayed at the Japanese show "Sunday robots," in which are shown, and small robots with caterpillars move in difficult terrain and gather information in areas hazardous to humans. Inventor Eiji Kojanagi Chiba Institute of Technology says that these robots could be used very close to the damaged reactor cores in Fukushima.

"We have to figure out how we protect workers, otherwise the problem will not be solved Fukushima," said Kojanagi.

A large tsunami in March 2011. this year damaged the nuclear power station and caused a meltdown in its reactors cores. This was followed by the evacuation of people from a wide area in northeastern Japan. It is expected that decontamination of damaged plants last several decades.

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