back to article Want to crawl inside a nuke plant swinging a hammer? No? Toshiba's inspection bots will do it instead

On Wednesday Toshiba launched its commercialized robot inspection services for power plant turbine generators. The Japanese MNC offers two types of robots: an ultra-thin version for all sizes of generators, and a more multi-function problem-solving version for – in Toshiba's words – "a wide range of inspections for domestic …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Swinging a hammer"?

    There I was, looking forward to some 1cm thick contraption with a sledgehammer sticking out but no, it merely taps.

    Interesting device, mind, but my inner child couldn't help feeling slightly disappointed for some reason :)

  2. J.G.Harston Silver badge

    Taking over yuman jobs. Won't they be demanding yuman rights, like on Star Trek?

    1. TRT Silver badge

      They might start by forming...

      their own social club.

  3. Mike 137 Silver badge

    Horses for courses

    This is where automata really do pay off. It's a pity that applications like these are in the minority among the plethora of rather pointless consumer-targeted offerings ('autonomous' lawn mowers at al.). But I guess the latter are where the big money is - you can only sell so many nuclear reactor inspection robots.

    1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge

      Re: Horses for courses

      The automated lawn-mower is an advance, just like the automated washing machine was.

      I can't wait until they're cheap enough that I can justify having a robot mow my lawn.

      1. Gene Cash Silver badge

        Re: Horses for courses

        Considering how expensive lawn service is getting, that's not such a low bar any more.

      2. M.V. Lipvig Silver badge

        Re: Horses for courses

        I can see it now, the Tesla robo-mower, chasing Little Jimmy up a tree before atracking a police cruiser

    2. SVD_NL Silver badge

      Re: Horses for courses

      The big advantage of catering to a niche market is that you can put a price tag on it that allows you to cover the millions you put in R&D. Especially if that market is used to dealing with massive amounts of money

  4. TheRealRoland

    But will it be able to do the 'Huh... That's funny.' thing, while buzzing around?

  5. David 132 Silver badge

    All I can think of is this scene from Chernobyl. Let's hope this one is rated for more than 2000 Roentgen.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    that is a shame

    I knew a guy who performed cooling line (from the river to the buildings) inspections at a nuclear plant, a couple of coal plants, and an LNG plant. He earned enough during those 10 days out of the year that he didn't need a 2nd job.

  7. M.V. Lipvig Silver badge

    Tink tink tonk


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