Toyota has rolled out a new robot to assist those with disabilities. The Human Support Robot (HSR) from the company is compact and easily controlled through a touch interface on a smartphone or via speech recognition. Caregivers can also control the robot remotely. The robot has folding arms which can help assist users to fetch objects or complete other tasks like opening and closing curtains. Using the camera from a smartphone or tablet, users can simply tap on a dropped object and the robot will automatically pick it up. Researchers surveyed people with disabilities to see which capabilities users would want a robot to have. While still under development, the new device aims to accomplish much-desired and needed tasks like fetching, communicating remotely, and reporting emergencies.
(Source: DigInfo TV)