Japan's giant humanoid robot helps fix hard-to-reach railway cables

Appearing like something straight out ofآ a sci-fiآ movie, this Gundam-like robot lifts up special equipment and carries out maintenance work on out-of-reach railway contact lines in Japan. 

Developed by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and two other Japanese companies, the humanoid robot can conduct repair work on overhead wires which are considered high risk for humans.

According to JR West, the prototype of this robot can be controlled by human operators through VR helmets and remote controls. It can lift objects up to 40 kilograms in weight with two "hands" to a height of 10 metres.

It was designed to lower the risk of electrocution and falling for workers and the company says it can cut down the labor by humans by a third. 

The company has been conducting tests since April and expects to put it into full service by early 2024.

(Source: Reuters) 

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