Not iPhone: New super-mobile robot for use in war, disaster and emergency situations
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Robots capable of supporting humans under extreme conditions are not really a new idea. However, now the so-called Kenaf Resuce Robot developed by the Japan’s International Rescue System Institute (IRS) seems to have risen the bar.

The latest version of the robot – presented during an exhibition this month in Tokyo – is highly mobile, can detect humans and automatically maps terrains it’s exploring.

Originally developed to be used after earthquakes, the IRS is now considering to let Kenaf support firefighters, the military and other organizations as well.