Gallery: Toshiba Develops Tetrapod Robot to Enter Dangerous Disaster Si...

 

During Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, emergency workers were often unable to get close to the site due to high levels of radiation. In order to combat this challenge in the future, the Toshiba Corporation has developed a tetrapod robot that is able to carry out investigative and recovery work in locations that are be too risky for people to enter, such as volcanic regions, major disaster zones or a nuclear accident sites.

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  1. Taylor Alexander November 22, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Not to be “that guy”, and I see Toshiba also called it a tetrapod, but typically robots like this as well as their organic creatures with 4 legs are called quadrupeds.

    Looking it up, it looks like quadruped is more specific. Tetrapod isn’t incorrect, but event humans, birds and snakes are considered tetrapods, while quadruped refers specifically to four footed creatures.

    Sorry, I built a quadruped once so it just stuck out to me and I had to say something. But glad to see this stuff actually being worked on! I built it to get through college (as a disaster relief bot no-less) and then promptly stopped building legged robots after college, so I\\\’m glad someone is working on this stuff!

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