Could Japan get any Cooler? West Japan Railway Company has developed a Robot used to aid in the help of jobs Deemed Dangerous for Humans
The future of our workplace is here... as a prototype
Robotics are the future and JR-West (West Japan Railway Company) is making them the present! The company is using massive humanoid maintenance robots for power line repairs or as the company puts it “to improve productivity and safety.” I mean, they aren’t wrong…
The torso of the robot provides head and arm motions of the human pilot who is able to look through the robot’s eyes using VR goggles. The robot is reported to be able to lift weights up to 88 pounds to a height of 32 feet with just one of its arms. The arm is a hydraulic crane welded to the torso piece. For now, the vision of the robot is to take on the work usually performed by humans that are being labeled “too dangerous for humans.”
When or if the robot receives any form of an external force acting upon it, the human operator will receive feedback in the handles which will allow them to take the appropriate action to manage the situation.
Stabilization comes from the robot’s legs being mounted to a rail car which is attached to another crane mechanism used to raise the torso.
In collaboration with Human Machinery and Nippon Signal, the robot was created and is just a prototype. With such beautiful functionality, the final product is expected to be crazy! JR West expects the robot to make its entrance to the general workforce by early 2024 to help assist in removing humans from high-risk jobs.