Toyota has unveiled a new robot that was designed to help bed ridden patients do basic tasks around the house. The Human Support Robot can pick up things from shelves or off the floor and bring them to the patient. It can open and close curtains and can be programmed other similar tasks. It’s not clear how dextrous it is and how well it can pick up oddly shaped things seeing how it only has one arm to work with.
An interesting part of the robot is the interface, which works either through voice commands or by the user controlling it through a tablet. Toyota is still quiet on the full feature set of the new robot, which is probably an early development version of a future device. Nevertheless, though it might still look too big and clunky, it can perform the most important job for a patient stuck in bed at home, which of course is to bring over the TV remote.
(hat tip: Gizmag)