Toyota Robotics division is actively working to develop a new generation of "smart homes" with built-in robotic, au pair assistants.
The population of developed countries is rapidly ageing, and that makes the problem of caring for the elderly more urgent. Concerning this, several companies are trying to create a robotic solution that would enable an older person to live independently. Toyota has been incredibly successful in this area.
Their concept involves a compact placement of robotic arms on a ceiling, so that it will not take up any extra space. A suitable robot has been invented at the Toyota Research Institute. Additionally, "bubble grip" technology has been introduced, allowing the robot to interact with even delicate objects. It can accomplish this due to the soft, air-filled pads on its manipulators, which makes it much harder to damage things.
Robots have been trained using VR: first, the action is carried out by a person, and then the movements are recorded in the device's memory. However, according to the company, they are not talking about mass production of these machines just yet, they will need time for further research and testing.
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