The control pads are being used to direct robots around dangerous areas at the nuclear plant.

QinetiQ North America, a world-leader in robotic technology solutions, has offered unmanned vehicle equipment to the government of Japan, which will enable the response teams at Fukushima to carry out their tasks at a safer distance.

These Talon robots are operated using Xbox 360 hand-held controllers, and experts from QinetiQ will be instructing the Japanese workers how to use them.

The remotely-driven robots are operational up to 1,000 metres away, are fitted with night-vision and can navigate virtually any terrain. They are configured with detection devices and CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) kits. This means the robots can identify over 7,500 environmental hazards.

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