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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) by buswolley on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:53AM

    by buswolley (848) on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:53AM (#7789)

    Fairly good point, maybe. I'm not completely convinced. 98-122913/unrestricted/milburn.pdf []
    It concluded "Conclusions:
    ƒ A worker performing equipment maintenance or repair, or a worker felling or
    delimbing a tree not processed by a feller-buncher or delimbing device, has the
    greatest risk of injury on fully-mechanized operations.
    ƒ Mechanization of the delimbing function will reduce but not eliminate the most costly
    injuries, where a worker on the ground is “struck-by†a tree, limb, or log.
    ƒ Equipment maintenance or repair should be performed in the controlled environment
    of a shop, rather than in the field, in order to decrease injuries.
    ƒ Operating a chainsaw is still a very dangerous logging job function, even on
    mechanized operations. All employees that use a chainsaw should undergo extensive
    training, and only trained employees should use a chainsaw."
    Except desk jobs ARE dangerous. Too much sitting kills.

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