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Dangerous jobs

Many of his designs are for jobs or places too harsh for humans.

The Ninja robot is designed to climb the exterior walls of high rise buildings and bridges to carry out inspections.

Equipped with suction pads the robots can move from the ground to a vertical wall and even on to a ceiling.

“I want robots to support human societies,” Prof Hirose said. “For most things human should do the tasks but when it is dangerous robots should be used.”

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