Say Hello To Your New Local Power Guy

Say Hello To Your New Local Power Guy

Helmeted workers in cherrypickers or precariously tethered to high voltage lines are as much a part of our power infrastructure’s aesthetic as towers and transformers. In the next few years, these iconic silhouettes will become a little more… mechanical.

Tokyo company HiBot is developing a robot to transfer the dangerous duties of high-voltage wire inspection from meat-based humans to metal-based robots, in a move intended not just to decrease the likelihood of flash-frying technicians, but to make the inspection process — vital, now that many countries’ electrical infrastructures have components approaching 100 years old — more efficient.[imgclear]

they ain’t got nothin’ to lose, y’know?IEEEMake