Give Us That Hosepipe. US Robot Firefighters to Rescue Japan

March 28, 2011 Juju Kurihara 0 Comments

The other day I wrote about my wonder over the robot rescue in Japan. I've read in various blogs and articules people were talking about the same thing. It's just bizarre that none of our super robots have been helping the dangerous operations.

But now, finally! Here comes robots rescue team! Not from Japan but from the US.

They are Packbot and Warrior, both robots are created by Massachusetts based robots maker, iRobot.



Packbot has been working in Afghanistan to detect bombs. 

According to iRobot, they don't know for which porpuse they can use this robot yet but probably it will be used for observation and detection of dangerous objects.




Here, in this video you can see the capacity of Packbot. Wow, how tough it is! This is like Terminator.



Another robot "iRobot 710 Warrior is a powerful and rugged robot that carries heavy payloads, travels over rough terrain and climbs stairs while performing a variety of critical missions" (Ref. from iRobot website)

 As they can carry heavy thing up t o100kg, Warrior may be introduced to Japan to help Japanese firefighters to sprinkle water to the rectors.

Here is the video of Warrior


Up to now, it seems like Japanese super robots have failed. They have pretty faces but are not practical?


In the early stage, it was also American army who flew their unmanned aircraft, Global Hawk to observe the condition and the level of radoactivity of Fukushima Daiichi.

But why? I still don't understand. In overseas, people always talk about robots and technology in Japan and I always wonder if I have ever associated my daily life with robots. Maybe not.

So here comes to rescue us US technology. It's a little shame for Japanese technology team. But hey, I really prefer to sacrifice robots' life than human life.


robo q controllerAlso I think I've found one of the reason for that. I mean if you think about practicality, having this sort of controller can't be good.

This is the controller for Robo Q which I explained in other articule. They work in the devastated area or war scene but not in a exhibition hall.


PackBot_with_game_style_controllerAnd this is the controller for Packbot. With this, they can go any severe sight. This is more plactical.


Japan has abandoned wars but we are always being threatened by natural disasters and we do need robots that work. Those which make amazing ice creams are also fun and pretty but please, Japanese robots engineers, make something that does its role!



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