Hitachi's ASTACO-SoRa robot has two arms which can lift up to 150 kg (330 pounds) each, and can exchange its tools at the work site
Hitachi's ASTACO-SoRa robot will remove rubble from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2013
Hitachi's ASTACO-SoRa robot is wirelessly operated at this control station
Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the Japanese robotics industry was criticized for developing expensive walking humanoids rather than more practical robots. It seems the country won't have to rely on foreign robots to do the dirty work much longer, as Hitachi has announced a compact, dual-armed heavy duty robot that will begin removing rubble at the plant next year.
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