Big in Japan: the snow-cleaning robot

Yuki-taro

Yuki-taro

Inventors from Japan are always full of ideas. With the onset of snow they presented an unusual snow-cleaning robot. Externally, the robot resembles a Japanese anime character, but don’t get fooled by its cute appearance. Yuki-taro is a robot which performs a very interesting and useful feature: he turns the snow into briquettes. In the process of cleaning robot «absorbs» the snow, compresses it, and outputs a neat parallelepipeds weighing 13 pounds and measuring about 500/300/120 mm.

In towns and villages, which are located at the foot of Fuji Mountain, a robot can be a right hand assistant, when heavy snowfalls sweep the road and, as a consequence, the delivery of food, emergency access, technical services becomes a big problem.

Yuki-taro weighs about 400 kg, the power is supplied using the batteries DC48V. It is planned to make the robot fully autonomous, with remote control. For this purpose it is equipped with video cameras, sensors and GPS. At the moment, there are only a few instances of fantastic assistant, however, within 5 years Yuki-taro is planned to be put into mass production. The cost of the cleaning robot will be around 1 million Yen.