Toyota’s Newest Robot Perfectly Mimics Human Movements

Toyota’s Newest Robot Perfectly Mimics Human Movements
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T-HR3 can strike an infinite number of poses, with the aid of a person

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 29 november 2017

Humanoid robots becoming fully integrated in society is edging closer to reality with Toyota’s latest robotics platform. The T-HR3, developed by Toyota’s Partner Robot Division, explores how a robot can safely interact with its physical surroundings. Rather than focus on self-aware capabilities, the T-HR3 is essentially controlled by a human puppeteer. But what it lacks in intelligence it makes up for with its range and  motion finesse.

Getting the 29 body parts to move is done through the Master Maneuvering System, a combination mechanical and VR rig. A human operator can control arm and leg movements by strapping themselves to the  control devices. A VR headset allows the operator to see from the robot’s perspective.

The T-HR3 has obvious uses in dangerous situations where humans could be at risk of injury like construction sites, disaster areas and emergency situations like firefighting. But Toyota also sees applications in more technically-demanding tasks like bio-tech facilities or in outer space. It also isn’t a stretch to envision the T-HR3 replacing racing drivers in cars where they could control them remotely from potentially anywhere in the world.

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Humanoid robots becoming fully integrated in society is edging closer to reality with Toyota’s latest robotics platform. The T-HR3, developed by Toyota’s Partner Robot Division, explores how a robot can safely interact with its physical surroundings. Rather than focus on self-aware capabilities, the T-HR3 is essentially controlled by a human puppeteer. But what it lacks in intelligence it makes up for with its range and  motion finesse.

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