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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the I-for-one-welcome-our-new-Chainsaw-Bot-overlords dept.

Sir Garlon writes:

"Researchers in Japan have developed a chainsaw-wielding robot that climbs trees and prunes off limbs. Such pruning is currently done by humans, who can't always use a cherry picker and sometimes have to climb the tree and operate the chainsaw one-handed. That is, not surprisingly, rather dangerous. The robot is still experimental, and it's remotely operated, not fully autonomous. But it's an impressive gadget none the less. Robots with chainsaws, what could possibly go wrong? Linked article includes video."

 
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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by chebucto on Wednesday February 26 2014, @04:12PM

    by chebucto (36) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @04:12PM (#7366) Journal

    That's like saying bears aren't dangerous as long as you know exactly how to behave around them and in their territory.

    Work at height is inherently dangerous; the fact that you need to use proper gear to avoid a broken neck is proof of that.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by dotdotdot on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:49PM

    by dotdotdot (858) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:49PM (#7426)

    Maybe I should have been more precise in my quoting. I was referring specifically to this part of the summary:

    " ... operate the chainsaw one-handed. That is, not surprisingly, rather dangerous."

    That is doing it wrong. :)