Toyota’s latest Humanoid Robot ‘T-HR3’ can Mimic your Movements – helpful in Assisting Humans, Safety

Toyota’s latest Humanoid Robot ‘T-HR3’ can Mimic your Movements – helpful in Assisting Humans, Safety

Toyota unveils third-generation humanoid robot with the charming name ‘T-HR3’ and is designed to explore the possibility of assisting humans in the home, medical facilities, construction sites, disaster areas, and even in space.

Toyota’s third generation humanoid robot, the T-HR3, will explore new technologies for safely managing physical interactions between robots and their surroundings, as well as a new remote maneuvering system that mirrors user movements to the robot. The T-HR3 reflects Toyota’s broad-based exploration of how advanced technologies can help to meet people’s unique mobility needs. (PRNewsfoto/Toyota Motor Corporation)

It also features a so-called ‘master maneuvering systems’, which is essentially a VR-powered remote operating platform that a human can use to have the T-HR3 mirror its movements.

The T-HR3 is designed to work in an assistant capacity to humans across a range of different potential uses, including in-home care, at hospitals, on construction sites, in areas impacted by disaster and even, Toyota says, in the far reaches of outer space. The robot resembles a somewhat short with long arms and smooth white panels covering its mechanical bits, with optical sensors but into the head.

An operator in the Master Maneuvering System has both arm and leg coverings that will convey their movements to the robot, allowing the operator to use a full range of motion to walk in place, manipulate arms and even grip with direct translation of their natural actions. The operator can also see from the robot’s perspective, thanks to a head-mounted display (an Vive, in the video) they wear.

The synced up movement also has safeguards in place to ensure that the robot’s movements don’t interfere with the operator, so that you can’t accidentally (or intentionally, I guess) club yourself with the bot while sitting in the chair.

Remotely operated, dexterous humanoid robots have a lot of potential across basically all of human activity. And if we happen to need to defend against inter-dimensional kaiju invaders, at least now we have a path to make that happen.

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