07 Nov '11, 8am

Japan firm unveils robot suit for nuclear workers

Japan firm unveils robot suit for nuclear workers

The Japanese maker of an exoskeleton robot suit to assist walking on Monday unveiled a model that could help nuclear workers weighed down by heavy anti-radiation vests in contaminated zones. -- PHOTO: AFP TSUKUBA, Japan (AFP) - The Japanese maker of an exoskeleton robot suit to assist walking on Monday unveiled a model that could help nuclear workers weighed down by heavy anti-radiation vests in contaminated zones. Cyberdyne, based north-east of Tokyo, demonstrated an upgraded version of the robot device called the Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, that can be worn under anti-radiation tungsten vests as heavy as 60kg. Lightweight Tyvek protective outfits can provide a barrier between radioactive materials and the body, but are not effective in blocking radiation itself. Vests made of tungsten can block radiation but are very heavy, making it difficult for workers to take on l...

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