The in-home Human Support Robot(HSR) made by Toyota completed its first trial in assistance with Camargo, a US war veteran, in North America.
A news release by Toyota mentions that Romy Camargo who was paralyzed below his neck during his deployment in Afghanistan provided his assistance for the trial. The HSR exhibited some basic tasks successfully during the test such as opening doors, holding a water bottle and other small objects.
[mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”300″ size=”18″ bg_color=”#1e73be” txt_color=”#ffffff”]“When they opened the box, and I saw the robot, I figured we would unfold the next chapter in human support robots helping people with disabilities – like this research is going to change the world,” said Camargo, recalling his first reaction to the HSR.[/mks_pullquote]
Toyota has developed the HSR to help people in their everyday activities. It is lightweight yet it covers a large workspace using its articulated arm and a telescoping body. This robot uses a camera and sensors to detect different objects and its environment to move indoor flawlessly. It uses efficient object recognition and grasp planning algorithms. Moreover, it performs tasks with a rather lower power and a slower speed to have a safer interaction and to prevent accidents. The robot receives commands using a simple GUI on mobile devices making it easy-to-use for a paralyzed person.
Other Projects in this Area
Toyota has been working on many other projects related to human assistance. Some of them include Walk Assist Robot and Care Assist Robot for patients. The company has established a separate institute named as Toyota Research Institute. It also shows Toyota’s concern for mobility assistance and in-home robotics applications and the large business it can get from this area.
Some other companies are also working in the field of human assistance robotics such as Hyundai who has worked on wearable robots for walking assistance. Foreseeing the huge profit bearing opportunities, these companies are investing a lot of resources in the field.
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