Toyota revealed its latest humanoid robot, named T-HR3, has the ability to mimic the movements of the operator after being synchronized. For this to happen, the operator needs to wear data gloves and a headset. The compatible headset is the HTC Vive VR headset which can be linked to the cameras showing the perspectives of the robot.
T-HR3 is 5.05 inches tall and weighs 75 kg or 165 pounds. According to Toyota, the robot’s creators and developers aimed to explore possibilities to assist humans in the household, medical facilities, disaster areas, construction sites, and even space.
The operator can control the robot’s entire body using MMS or the Master Maneuvering System. There are 16 torque servo modules in the chair with motion and force sensors at the feet that can all be connected to the 29 torque servo modules positioned in the joints of the robot.
As you can see in the video above, according to the movements of the operator, the MMS signals to the robot’s body parts that including the hands’ fingers for moving. So far, the T-HR3 can be moved forwards and laterally by walking.
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The robot, furthermore, has balance control to withstand body balance during collisions with anything. In addition, it has force controls, which can be noticed in the video when the robot picks up and gently presses a balloon.
“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.”-said Akifumi Tamaoki, The general manager of Toyota’s robots.
He dropped hints on the contribution of further technology developments in advancements of robots for ever-evolving mobility and conveniences.
T-HR3 awaits a demonstration at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo from November 29th to December 2nd.