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Toyota’s Helpful Robot

Human Support RobotToyota has unveiled a new helper type robot called the Human Support Robot (HSR) to help with Japan’s aging population.

It is designed to help people around their home and improve their quality of life.

With a height of between 32 and 52 inches and a weight of about 70 lbs, HSR is not very big or heavy.  Due to a telescopic body , the robot can change its height, depending on the task at hand.

HSR also has an arm and a gripper hand for doing simple tasks, like picking items up off the floor or opening curtains.

HSR can be controlled by a tablet computer.

No word on price or availability yet.

Link via (Gizmag)


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.

Link via (Endgadget)