Robots are wonderful workers for a few reasons – they do not get tired, they do not complain and neither will they congregate around a water cooler to gossip about their superior and his or her flaws. Not only that, robots do not have a union, and will be unable to go on strike – not to mention in a more practical manner, enter places which are deemed dangerous for the average man on the street – such as at a nuclear disaster site as we have seen in the past. This time around, a UK startup has developed a robot that will help to locate hazardous radiation sources at the scene of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.
Createc is the company behind the camera technology known as N-Visage which will see action in robots suited up for such a task, where it detects and draws a 3D map of high radiation locations which are deemed to be too contaminated for human workers to actually be in.
This is a big step for UK companies where the realm of robotics are concerned, as British ministers intend to see the UK play catch up with other countries such as the US, Japan and South Korea. The N-Visage camera technology that is implemented in stair-climbing robots will allow those robots to arrive at inaccessible areas that are located deep inside the nuclear site.