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This Humanoid Robot May be Your Next Assistant

November 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Futurism

Toyota just unveiled the T-HR3, a humanoid robot. The robot is designed to be controlled by a human operator with the help of a virtual reality headset..


On November 20, Toyota revealed its latest humanoid robot, the T-HR3, which the company says "represents an evolution from previous generation instrument-playing humanoid robots," according to the company's press release. The new robot was created to assist humans safely whether at home or work, particularly in dangerous or remote areas -- even outer space. The T-HR3's third-generation robotic hardware was developed and designed by Toyota's Partner Robot Division, and is meant to facilitate "unique mobility needs."

The T-HR3 makes use of Toyota's "Master Maneuvering System," which allows a human operator to control the robot remotely. Among the features of the robotic exoskeleton is an HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) headset which allows the human operator to see what the T-HR3 "sees" in full 3D. The robot's exoskeleton includes motor gears and sensors that control a total of 29 individual robot parts, allowing the operator to have a "smooth and synchronized experience."

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