iRobot PackRobot

iRobot, the robot manufacturer from Bedford, Massachusetts; is sending out a team of four robots into Japan today to help deal with the nuclear crisis that’s currently affecting the country due to the earthquake and tsunami events that took place last week. The team that consists of PackBots and Warrior robots have been designed to work in such situations and will be controlled by the Japan Ground Self Defense Forces (after training with the iRobot crew of course). The robots can be sent out into the field, while the controllers of the robot can stay inside protected vehicles where they will be safe from the effects of radiation. The PackBot can be used to determine how dangerous the radiation levels are and the Warrior could be used to pull hoses into “hot zones”, delivering cold water where it is needed inside the nuclear reactors. It looks like robots helping humans are no longer limited to sci-fi stories.

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