Power Line Inspection Robot Balances Like Tightrope Walker

First time I see a robot balancing on a high-voltage power line like a tightrope walker!

This robot, dubbed the Expliner, was created by Japanese start-up HiBot, which spun off from the laboratory of famed Tokyo Tech roboticist Shigeo Hirose (known for his incredible snakebots).

Check out the video below showing an operator remote controlling the robot and performing some acrobatic maneuvers on a high-voltage line. Talk about unstructured environment! Read the full Spectrum article here.

Video: HiBot



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