Toyota recently held a demonstration that confirms that its human-sized T-HR3 robot has passed a control test via a wireless connection. The operator responsible for the movement was therefore able to set the company’s latest creation in motion, making the experiment with T-HR3 bring us closer to the idea of remote control of the robot.
The pilot was able to control the T-HR3 thanks to the MMS (Master Maneuvering System), which Toyota said allows instinctive control of the entire body of the robot with handy controls that map the movements of the hand, arm and foot while transmitting them to the robot. The best part is that it can be done up to 10 kilometers thanks to the phenomenal high-bandwidth 5G connection. However, the application of such an invention is limited, as the robot requires the presence of an operator anyway. The company suggests it is the perfect support for doctors, carers, patients, the elderly and the disabled. Its usefulness, however, is much more extensive, because it will be useful mainly in situations where a person risks his health or life.
The operator himself has to get into the stationary suit, put on some kind of VR goggles (providing the perspective of the robot). The next step is to put on the gloves that act as an interface, though I’m not sure how Toyota solved the issues of movement itself. The user is said to receive external stimuli, suggesting to the body what the T-HR3 is currently feeling, which boasts many controllable joints and a wide range of motion. The robot consists of a total of 29 body parts, but it will gain real usefulness after becoming fully autonomous.
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