TOKYO Nikkei–The Chiba Institute of Technology has built two improved versions of a robot designed to help with the cleanup efforts at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the school announced Monday.

The Quince No. 2 and No. 3 nuclear-cleanup robots are more rugged than their predecessor.Dubbed Quince No. 2 and No. 3, the machines are based on their predecessor, Quince, which the university developed with two other institutes and was deployed at the Fukushima plant last year.

They are operated remotely via control devices linked to the robots via communication cables. In addition to cameras and dosimeters, they are loaded with laser scanners that can capture 3-D images of debris and other obstacles inside the reactors.

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