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Quince Robot Can Explore Fukushima Nuclear Site Controlled from Over a Mile Away
In order to protect workers from radiation exposure at the Fukishima Daichi Plant, Japan has now developed another rescue robot, called “Quince,” so assist in the cleanup. Authorities have already deployed the Monirobo robot, to monitor radiation levels and collect samples. But developers say Quince may be more beneficial, as it is controllable by remote control from the safe, and very far, distance of a mile and a half.
The Quince is mounted with a device to measure thermography, a radiation monitor, a 3D Scanner and a camera that can pan, tilt and zoom. It’s also waterproof, and able to climb stairs and move easily over uneven debris.
In order to control Quince at such a distance, it has a robo-relay buddy. A second robot is positioned at the entrance to a building, complete with an optical fiber and a radio transceiver to act as a go-between for communication. Hopefully the tag team can collect enough data to help scientists clean up the nuclear waste.
Quince can work nonstop for a duration of about two hours if constantly moving, or up to six hours if in a fixed spot to monitor and test. A relay pallet with large capacity battery can also be used to extend power hours.
Quince has not yet been deployed, but can be on a moment’s notice. Researchers can’t be exactly sure how it will withstand the radiation levels, but precautions, such as a lead lined camera, have been taken in order for Quince to function at maximum capacity.
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