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Landslide danger

Some of Professor Hirose’s designs have now crawled out of his Tokyo lab and will soon be used in the real world

For areas of Japan where landslides are a particular problem, Professor Hirose has designed a 7 ton robot that can navigate steep mountainous slopes.

As it crawls across the hillside the robot installs bolts to prevent landslides.

“The machine is already built but hopefully it will be released later this year,” he said.

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