07 Nov '11, 8am

Japan firm unveils robot suit for nuclear workers

Japan firm unveils robot suit for nuclear workers

TSUKUBA, Japan - 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 northeast 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 60 kilogrammes (132 pounds). 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 long shifts at highly contaminated sites, Cyberdyne noted. "This new type of HAL robot suit supports the weight of tungsten-made protective clothing and enables their wearers to work on the ...

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