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Honda’s bipedal robot is designed for disaster relief

Honda has unveiled a new prototype disaster relief robot named E2-DR at IROS 2017 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) in Vancouver, reports IEEE Spectrum.

The company had previously announced the experimental disaster relief robot in a paper presented two years ago.

Its latest paper, called “Development of Experimental Legged Robot for Inspection and Disaster Response in Plants,” details how the robot prototype is designed to be flexible, strong, and waterproof.The robot can rotate its torso 180 degrees, and its hands can grip, enabling it to climb up stairs.

Honda imagines the robot will work with wireless tools, so the amount of dexterity in the robot’s hands won’t matter as much.

The robot itself is able to……



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