First, there was the Toyota T-HR3 humanoid robot, unveiled last year, but now, the company introduces its latest model: T-HR31. This updated model enables human operators to successfully control the robot remotely through 5G communication from up to 6.2-miles away. These partner robots explore how advanced technologies can help to meet people’s unique mobility needs. A Master Maneuvering System allows the entire body of the robot to be operated instinctively with wearable controls that map hand, arm / foot movements to the robot, and a head-mounted display that allows the user to see from the robot’s perspective. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The system’s master arms give the operator full range of motion of the robot’s corresponding joints, while the master foot allows the operator to walk in place in the chair to move the bot forward or laterally. A Self-interference Prevention Technology embedded in T-HR3 operates automatically to make sure the robot and user do not disrupt each other’s movements.
Onboard T-HR3 and the Master Maneuvering System, motors, reduction gears and torque sensors (collectively called Torque Servo Modules) are connected to each joint. These modules all transmit the operator’s movements directly to T-HR3’s 29 body parts and the Master Maneuvering System’s 16 master control systems for an ultra smooth, synchronized user experience.
“Toyota has revealed that it has successfully linked an off-site human with its T-HR31 humanoid robot thanks to 5G wireless technology from Japanese telecom NTT Docomo. What’s especially amazing about this is that the human controlling the robot was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away. Previously to being controlled via a 5G mobile network, the T-HR31 humanoid robot had only been successfully controlled through a direct wired connection,” according to Fast Company.