TOKYO - Toyota's upgraded version of the human-shaped robot called T-HR3 now has faster and smoother finger movements because the wearable remote-control device has become lighter and easier to use.
In a recent demonstration in Tokyo, a person wearing a headset and wiring made the robot move in exactly the same way he was moving, waving or making dance-like movements, as sensors sent computerised signals to the robot of what they detected as human movements.
Smaller robots that look like the mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were controlled in the same way. The Japanese carmaker is an Olympic sponsor.
Toyota engineer Tomohisa Moridaira said human-shaped robots can be controlled intuitively because all one has to do is move naturally.
Toyota believes the technology is a kind of mobility, the car company's longtime mission, and mobility includes moving people emotionally, Moridaira said.