TRI Teaching Robots to Help People in their Homes
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) unveils a prototype gantry robot that hangs from the ceiling and can perform a variety of cleaning operations.
The company’s engineering team pays special attention to home robots, since this is where we need them most, but at the same time they are the most difficult to deploy. To save space, TRI decided to mount the cleaning robot on a suspended structure near the ceiling..
This allows him to easily remove garbage, wipe surfaces, fold dishes or put food in the refrigerator. After completing his tasks, he rises up so as not to interfere.
The robot is equipped with multiple cameras, various sensors, an artificial intelligence system and a soft grip that allows it to safely hold and manipulate a variety of soft objects, including bottles of detergent.
Despite the innovative concept, the obvious disadvantage of the portal system is the need to install all the necessary structures on the ceiling, which greatly complicates the use of such a mechanical cleaner in ordinary houses..
To test new robotics, smart home technologies, self-driving cars and other advanced developments in real conditions, Toyota plans to build an entire city for 2 thousand inhabitants.
text: Ilya Bauer, photos and videos: Toyota Research Institute