Hitachi develops robots to probe Fukushima No. 1 plant

Mar 20, 2014

Hitachi develops robots to probe Fukushima No. 1 plant

Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd. say they have developed robots to detect cooling water leakage points and the condition of nuclear fuel at the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. One robot can move through narrow pipes by changing shape and another ...

Paro's therapeutic value improved

Sep 14, 2013

Paro's therapeutic value improved

Intelligent System Co., manufacturer of the Paro baby seal robot, says it has improved the therapeutic toy, making it more suitable for use in nursing homes. The new Paro is lighter and is designed exclusively for therapeutic purposes, the startup based in Toyama Prefecture ...

Japan's robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes 'one small step'

Sep 5, 2013

Japan's robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes 'one small step'

A pint-size android has uttered the first robotic words in space, showcasing Japan’s drive to combine cutting-edge technology with cuteness. The wide-eyed and bootie-wearing Kirobo — roughly the size of a chihuahua — broadcast a message from inside the International Space Station, greeting citizens ...

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

Jun 27, 2013

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

A talking robot that will accompany a Japanese astronaut in space this summer says the cosmic tour will be one giant leap for androids everywhere. In a scene straight out of “Star Wars,” the pint-sized Kirobo fielded questions from curious journalists who asked what ...

New robots reduce human risk in disaster cleanup

Feb 21, 2013

New robots reduce human risk in disaster cleanup

by Hiroko Nakata

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization on Wednesday unveiled a series of robots and systems to help deal with disasters such as the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and reduce the danger for workers. The robots, developed under a one-year project, ...

Toshiba decontamination bot to scrub No. 1 plant

Feb 16, 2013

Toshiba decontamination bot to scrub No. 1 plant

by Kazuaki Nagata

Toshiba Corp. on Friday unveiled a prototype of its remotely operated decontamination robot that it expects to help clean up the Fukushima No. 1 plant’s radiation-zapped reactor buildings as early as this summer. The robot — which can withstand radiation up to 100 sieverts, ...