If you thought Toyota was just about cars, you’d be wrong. Well, you’d sort of be right because Toyota is mostly about cars, but who knew that Toyota was also into building robots?
Toyota’s Partner Robot program recently announced the development of a very cool and quite helpful Human Support Robot (HSR). The robot was created to assist disabled persons and senior citizens to complete daily tasks that young, able-bodied people tend to take for granted. You know, things like fetching the TV remote and picking up the phone.
Toyota’s Partner Robot Program
Since Toyota’s Partner Robot Program launched in 2007, the Japanese automobile manufacturer has developed special robots to help complete basic nursing tasks (dressing patients, adjusting curtains, picking up dropped items).
The Human Support Robot
The Human Support Robot can be controlled by the patient via a tablet computer, remotely by a caregiver or family member, or directly by the user using voice command. Another really cool feature of the robot? It has a little dock on its head where a tablet can be mounted, allowing the user to video chat with doctors, family, or friends. Or watch Netflix or episodes of N3XT TV on YouTube . . . whatever.
Toyota’s robot was developed with healthcare in mind, but clearly any lazy person who wanted their own
slave robot could probably get one if they really wanted to.
Do you have any desire to pursue engineering so you can invent cool stuff like this?