Toyota is primarily known for manufacturing commercial vehicles, but that could soon change in the years to come. You see, the company has decided to dabble in robotics, and from what we can tell, it has done a good job so far.
In recent years, the carmaker has created what it calls the Human Support Robot (HSR), and its all about aiding a human in cleaning their rooms among other things. Yes, this is not the first robot for such a mundane task, but it is the most impressive.
Other robots designed for cleaning rooms tend to look the same. They are flat, round, and comes with a few wheels and brushes. This design works because they are required to get under things for the purpose of sucking up dust and other particles.
When it comes down to the HSR, then, well, it’s tall and is able to pick things up. The robot can move around a room, pick objects from the floor and place them in a bin or whatever else.
If you want a beer from the refrigerator, then this Toyota robot can deliver it directly. To be honest, there is nothing else like it right now, but certainly, this will change in the near future.
Now, for those who are wondering how Toyota got the HSR to perform these tasks so efficiently, well, its all about deep machine learning. With this, the robot can recognize objects and even understand spoken instructions. It learns as it moves around the room or the entire house for that matter.
Not to mention, it can track where objects are supposed to be placed, which means, everything should be aligned correctly once this Toyota cleaning robot is done strutting its stuff.
What’s interesting is the fact that the robot can keep track of everything in a room. Furthermore, it can tell where an item is located when asked.
It’s pretty slow and doing things right now, so it would take quite a while to clean if a lot of objects are scattered about. However, the future will likely deliver a speed bump to its performance, and that’s something we can’t wait to see.