Toyota presents violin-playing humanoid robot

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Toyota shows off a violin playing robot and a two-wheeled human transporter – the latest products of its robots program that seeks to develop a practical human assistance robot by the early part of the 2010s. The uses and functionalities of robots are constantly growing in many areas from industrial to domestic needs; with this in mind, Toyota R&D has been working hard on new robots that they presented to us. The first robot is destined to be used in logistics; it is capable of moving around without touching anything, it has the ability to follow people who might need his services, and to grab objects with an amazing precision. As an example, we had it signing us an autograph! The second robot is an evolution of the trumpet and violin player that was presented some time ago; again it was demonstrating how much precision the engineers managed to put into its robotic hands. It can also move on its own. Last but not least is a robot called Mobiro; it was designed to help the elderly, and anybody having difficulties in walking. It features a system of suspensions inspired by the automotive industry which guarantees optimum comfort.

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