Toyota has developed a new robot that’s designed to assist around the home. The prototype, called the Human Support Robot (HSR) is an addition to the Toyota Partner Robot series that TMC recently showed at the International Home Care and Rehabilitation Show in Tokyo.
Best described as a robotised “butler” the HSR can be operated by voice command or by tablet computer. It has a lightweight cylindrical body with a folding arm that enables it to pick up objects off the floor, suction up thin objects, retrieve objects from high locations, open curtains, and perform other household tasks.
Aiming to improve quality of life, Toytoa has developed the HSR prototype in cooperation with the Japan Service Dog Association to identify the needs and desires of individuals with limited limb mobility, and developed functions focused around picking up dropped objects, retrieving items, and communicating with family members and caregivers. In 2011, TMC conducted in-home trials using the robot with individuals with limb disabilities in cooperation with the Foundation for Yokohama Rehabilitation Service and incorporated user feedback into development.
Toyotaplans to display the HSR prototype at the “Forefront of the Development of Home Care and Rehabilitation Equipment” special event at the 39th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition 2012, which will be held at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center in Koto Ward, Tokyo, from September 26 through 28.