Toyota's T-HR3 Can Mimic Your Movements Like a Robotic Avatar

Pablo Tucker
November 22, 2017

Similarly, the TH-R-3 is a third-generation Humanoid robot revealed by Toyota just recently. 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 company says the T-HR3 can help with tasks such as in-home care, at medical facilities, on construction sites, in disaster areas, and even in outer space. The operator can also see from the robot's perspective, thanks to a head-mounted display (an HTC Vive, in the video) they wear.

Remotely operated, dexterous humanoid robots have a lot of potential across basically all of human activity. Bearing a likeness to the highly intelligent machines in Hollywood blockbuster "I, Robot", the device is controlled by a secondary "master maneuvering system". The Self-interference Prevention Technology embedded in T-HR3 operates automatically to ensure the robot and user do not disrupt each other's movements.

"The Partner Robot team members are committed to using the technology in T-HR3 to develop friendly and helpful robots that coexist with humans and assist them in their daily lives", emphasized Akifumi Tamaoki who is the general manager of Toyota's robots. The Torque Servo Module has been developed in collaboration with Tamagawa Seiki Co., Ltd. and NIDEC COPAL ELECTRONICS CORP.

Does Toyota's T-HR3 help move us closer to a safer world for all humanity, or is it pulling us inexorably towards Judgement Day? Since the 1980s, Toyota has been developing industrial robots to enhance its manufacturing processes.

Furthermore, if you worry that the robot won't be able to balance itself when it strikes with another object then worry not, since the robot has preset balance control which keeps it steady. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937.

Toyota has unveiled an assistive robot test bed that builds on previous work undertaken by its Partner Robot wing, which examined specific robot limb joints and pre-programmed movements - including robots that played musical instruments.

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