Human Support Robot Helps Out Disabled People At Home (+VIDEO)
The latest initiative in Toyota’s Partner Robot program is presented by Human Support Robot (HSR), developed to make disabled people feel more self-reliant and independent. It can help out at home by fetching things, opening curtains and lifting objects from the floor or high counters with its simple two-fingered gripper. Its max speed is 1.8 miles per hour; the HSR can overcome bumps in the floor up to 0.3 inches and can climb slopes up to 5 degrees. Besides the robot seems to have built-in Prosense (Microsoft Kinect) sensor and stereo cameras in its head, enabling it to sense depth and visually identify people and objects. You can control the HSR with the help of a graphical user interface via tablet PC. It is able to wear a tablet atop its head, thus allowing caregivers and family members to communicate with the robot’s owner via Skype or other apps.
The robot has been tested by Toyota with the cooperation of the Yokohama Rehabilitation Center since 2011 and will be unveiled to the public at Tokyo Big Sight as part of the “bleeding edge development of health care equipment” project.