- Title: Japanâ€™s Kawasaki develops robot to aid disaster zone
- Date: 23rd December 2019
- Summary: KALEIDO WALKING BACK WHILE HOLDING MANNEQUIN (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COLLABORATIVE ROBOT SECTION MANAGER, MASAYUKI KAMON, SAYING: "Disaster areas are unpredictable. Artificial objects created by humans collapse (at disaster area). When we think about what type of robots are suitable at places we can't envision, we believe a human-shaped robot can be useful." KALEIDO TURNING WHILE HOLDING MANNEQUIN (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COLLABORATIVE ROBOT SECTION MANAGER, MASAYUKI KAMON, SAYING: "We cannot win (the competition to develop humanoid robots) over the U.S., Europe, and China unless we start now. The robot industry is Japan's forte and we want to protect this technology." WOMAN LOOKING ENTRANCE TO KAWASAKI BOOTH
- Embargoed: 6th January 2020 11:45
- Keywords: Humanoid robot Japan Kaleido Kawasaki Heavy Industries Masayuki Kamon Robots disaster zone
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Life Sciences,Science
- Reuters ID: LVA002BB75LQZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries recently showcased its humanoid robot 'Kaleido' that is designed to assist disaster areas.
On display at a robot exhibition in Tokyo, Kawasaki says existing humanoid robots are generally not robust enough to operate in a rough, dirty, and unpredictable disaster zone.
For the demonstration at a robot exhibition in Tokyo, Kaleido proved its powerful arms can lift humans and heavy objects at a time of an emergency.
The company hopes the robot can contribute to Japan, a country often hit by natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons.
The international robot exhibition, which ended on Saturday (December 21) had over 200 companies participating, wand welcomed an estimated 130,000 visitors.
(Production: Akira Tomoshige, Hideto Sakai, Akiko Okamoto)
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