'Thinking' robot

Updated: Nov 08, 2011 13:11 IST

A robotic arm, being developed with Honda Motor Co.'s human-shaped robot
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A robotic arm, being developed with Honda Motor Co.'s human-shaped robot "Asimo" technology, tries to open a valve during a news conference at the Japanese automaker's research facility in Wako, near Tokyo. Honda President Takanobu Ito told reporters some of Asimo's technology was used to develop a robotic arm in just six months with the intention of helping with the nuclear crisis in northeastern Japan. The mechanical arm can open and close valves at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which went into meltdown after the March tsunami, according to Honda.

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