Toyota's latest humanoid robot aces operator mimicry

Olive Hawkins
November 21, 2017

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.

Toyota has a new, third-generation humanoid robot bears the charming name "T-HR3" and is created to be a helpful and safe assistant to humans.

Toyota said it hopes to utilize the T-HR3 in a variety of settings in the future to provide better mobility, including home, medical facilities, construction sites, disaster stricken areas and outer space.

Akifumi Tamaoki, Toyota's general manager of its partner robot division, noted the company's work on robots like T-HR3 is all about bringing humans and machines closer together, rather than present robots as threats to jobs and society.

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Onboard T-HR3 and the Master Maneuvering System, motors, reduction gears and torque sensors (collectively called Torque Servo Modules) are connected to each joint. Through a head-mounted display, the user will be able to see from the robot's perspective.

When the user moves, the MMS signals to the robot's 29 body parts (including 10 fingers) to move. This technology advances Toyota's research into safe robotics by measuring the force exerted by and on T-HR3 as it interacts with its environment and then conveying that information to the operator using force feedback.

Toyota's just revealed the latest iteration of their humanoid robot the T-HR3, and it can copy your every move. A system which replicates the interaction between an object and the robot's hand, feeds it back to the wearable controls mentioned earlier, and makes the user feel as though they are actually interacting with the object.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric auto in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014.

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