Robots that rescue folks in disaster areas or other perilous situations aren't exactly a new idea, but this bot set to go into service in Yokohama certainly takes a more unique, and slightly more terrifying approach to the matter than usual. Apparently, the seemingly unnamed robot can not only carry a 110 kilogram person over difficult terrain with ease, but monitor the occupant's vital signs as well, although complete details on that, and any other technical details are a bit hard to come by at the moment. As with most such robots, however, this one's apparently not completely autonomous, with it packing some infrared cameras to allow its operator to locate folks even in conditions with poor visability. No word if it'll also be offering itself up as a capsule hotel in its days off.

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