Believe it or not, Japan, long viewed as the leader in robotics, is still working to recover from its embarrassing, high-profile tech shortcoming that forced the country enlist the help of American robots during the Fukushima disaster. Now a new development from the country's engineering talent presents yet another solution designed to give a human robot strength and extra protection against radiation during disasters.
Using parts from Cyberdyne's HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) exoskeleton, the new Mobile Suit was developed at the University of Tsukuba as a disaster recovery tool that a worker can put on for protection in hazardous conditions. Interestingly, aside from the robot exoskeleton legs, the carbon fiber breast and shoulder plates and helmet make this look like a ninja-samurai hybrid meets RoboCop.
The futuristic aesthetic of the suit was likely deliberate, but after viewing the demonstration, showing a slow, awkward moving Mobile Suit wearer, it's difficult to believe that this would really come in handy in the event of another Fukushima-level disaster. You can judge for yourself by checking out the Mobile Suit in action in the videos below.