Robots to help in earthquake relief in Japan

March 15th, 2011 - 8:47 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Tokyo, Mar 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Japan is looking up to its trusted friend-the robot- for relief. Two types of robots would be brought on board to help in the rescue efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake that left the coastal parts of the country in ruins.

Japan’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake has also raised another problem. Radiation levels in some towns and cities in the country have gone up to dangerous levels after some of the nuclear plants in the country failed. The high radiation levels have hampered rescue efforts in the worst hit areas of the country. Latest figures put the official death toll at 3,000 with tens of thousands of others feared dead.

Rescuers are in a race against time in trying to prevent what could easily become humanitarian crisis. That is exactly the reason why the robots have been brought onboard. “Active Scope Camera” and the “Quince” type robots would be relied on to go to areas where humans cannot access. The robots would also be required to access places considered too dangerous for human rescuers.

The Active Scope Camera would be providing the eyes for the rescuers in places where they cannot reach and see while Quince takes on the debris.

Chances of finding any more survivors are fast diminishing.

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