Last month, Toyota unveiled a Human Support Robot (HSR) prototype to assist independent home living for persons with limited arm or leg mobility.
The prototype is an addition to the Toyota Partner Robot series that we’re developing to assist people in their everyday activities.
An innovative concept, the HSR is operable both by voice command or a tablet PC. It has a highly maneuverable, compact and lightweight cylindrical body with a folding arm that enables it to pick up objects off the floor, suction thin objects, retrieve objects from high locations and perform other routine household tasks.
Initially tested in 2011 in cooperation with the Foundation for Yokohama Rehabilitation Service, our engineers were able to incorporate user feedback into the development. We believe this new robot will be especially useful in the areas of nursing and medical care, short distance personal transport, manufacturing and home living assistance.
Toyota developed the HSR with the goal that if people with disabilities or the elderly can do more without having to seek the assistance of a caregiver, they can lead more satisfying, independent lives. We also believe that this will lead to a reduction of the burden on nursing and care providers.
We look forward to sharing more information about the Human Support Robot in the future and hope it allows those who wish to live independently an opportunity to do so. Check back for more on the HSR and other solutions-oriented Toyota products beyond our line of award-winning vehicles.