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Toyota To Send Robots To The Moon

21nov09robo098vas-1258848978Toyota recently unveiled a presentation called, “Realization of Moon Exploration Using Advanced Robots by 2020.”.

This is part of the Toyota Partner Robot program.  The robots start out by helping us humans on Earth, but then move to the Moon.  Supposedly these robots will have the following abilities.

  • joints are protected from regolith
  • small capacity solar battery onboard
  • internal status shows on screen on chest
  • arms exchangeable for different tasks
  • able to jump with springs in legs
  • keeps warm during night covered in metal cloak

Why we need robots on the Moon that can do caligraphy or make Japanese rock gardens is beyond me.

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