US DoE Repurposes Robot To Help Japan's Cleanup Efforts
The U.S. Department of Energy has been working around the clock to modify a TALON robot, a remotely-controlled device that will now be used to inspect reactors and provide analytical data to officials. The modified TALON robot from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) touched down in Japan this past weekend, where it's being used to help with high-risk reconnaissance and the disposal of explosives and hazardous materials. The 'bot was originally developed by QinetiQ for use in defense scenarios, but now those rugged treads will be helping with an even greater cause. Check out the video for an idea of what it'll be doing, and take heart in knowing that robots are working right now to help those in need. Definitely a feel-good kind of story.