Toyota's Human Support Robot

Japan seems to have a more open attitude towards the concept of having robots running around in peoples homes, and Toyota recently offered us another variation on the support robot, the Toyota HSR. This one can trundle around, pick up objects up to a few pounds in weight, open drapes and so on. It provides telepresence capability via the tablet it uses for it's "face", and is geared towards helping disabled or bedridden people with household tasks when another human is not available. It's more of the "trashcan on wheels" variety, rather than the "cute little guy" kind (like Honda's Asimo) - although I think Asimo is still more of a (admittedly impressive) proof-of-concept than a device with practical application (yet). Toyota also has an Asimo-like two legged robot known as the Partner.



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