• All Share : 53921
    UP 0.37%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 47835.75
    UP 0.23%
    Financial 15 : 15404.5
    UP 0.29%
    Industrial 25 : 73003.78
    UP 0.19%
    Resource 10 : 31952.76
    UP 0.74%

  • ZAR/USD : 15.5526
    UP 0.23%
    ZAR/GBP : 22.7796
    UP 0.26%
    ZAR/EUR : 17.3943
    UP 0.18%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1412
    UP 0.21%
    ZAR/AUD : 11.236
    UP 0.34%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1220.8
    UP 0.11%
    Platinum US$/oz : 991
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Silver US$/oz : 16.25
    DOWN -0.25%
    Palladium US$/oz : 543
    UP 0.18%
    Brent Crude : 49.23
    DOWN -0.47%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Fri May 27 08:28:08 SAST 2016

Honda plans nuclear mission for robot

Sapa-AFP | 12 August, 2011 11:57
Honda's ASIMO Humanoid Robot
Honda's ASIMO Humanoid Robot
Image by: Honda News / Flickr

Japan's Honda is hoping to retool its humanoid robot ASIMO for a nuclear mission so it can join emergency work inside the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The company aims to upgrade the robot's upper body functions so that it can move its arms as smoothly as a human being, with motorised shoulders, elbows and wrists, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.

The current ASIMO, introduced in 2000 and resembling a small astronaut, stands 130 centimetres (4 feet 3 inches) tall. The bipedal bot can walk or run, carry trays, push carts and shake hands with people.

But to work in the debris-strewn nuclear plant, ASIMO would likely be modified and fitted with tyres or caterpillar tracks, the report said.

No official at Honda's head office was immediately available for comment.

The plant has been leaking radiation from its reactors since its cooling systems were knocked out by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. At some hotspots radiation is high enough to be lethal to humans.

Robots have already been used inside the plant to take video footage, including the US-made PackBot and Japanese-made Quince crawler robots.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.