As Japan’s disaster evolves, so too are the measures taken to mitigate the chaos.
One such initiative comes from U.S. military contractor iRobot, which will help Japan’s army incorporate robots into their recovery efforts. The company joins at least two Japanese robotics teams on the ground in the quake- and tsunami-ravaged country, one of which operates an 8-meter-long, snakelike robot with a camera.
iRobot, based in Bedford, Massachusetts, is donating four ground-based models to the Japan relief effort: two PackBots and two Warriors.
The PackBot is an agile, battle-tested unit that’s been used for bomb dispersal, recon and other tactical operations. Depending on its configuration, it weighs 45 to 60 pounds and is known for being highly customizable.
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