After a devastating earthquake and tsunami on Friday, the rescue robotics experts in Japan are planning a rescue operation with the help of wheeled and snake-like robots. These robots will be helping out emergency rescuers in the search for survivors.
Dr. Robin Murphy, director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) at Texas A&M University, informed that a team headed by Satoshi Tadokoro from Tohoku University and another team led by Eiji Koyanagi from Chiba Institute of Technology's Future Robotics Technology Center have deployed, or are about to deploy their robots for the rescue missions.
The team led by Dr. Tadokoro is going to help the rescue operations at Sendai. He will be using an Active Scope Camera. It’s an 8 meter long snake type robot that bears a scope camera.