Hi Guys and welcome, I am Philip English from Robophil.com and on this video we are doing an Interview with Fuminori Saito from the Toyota Human Support Robot (HSR) project.
We managed to speak to Fuminori at the IREX 2015 Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.
Toyota has been working to develop commercially viable “partner robot” by building on its expertise in the field of industrial robotics and applying cutting-edge technology from areas such as the automotive industry and IT.
The Human Support Robot (HSR) is being developed to assist people in their everyday activities. In the future, the HSR will coexist with family members in the home, providing support to improve living conditions and the overall quality of life.
Philip: Okay guys! This is Philip English again. We are here with Toyota. Can you introduce yourself?
Fuminori: My name is Fuminori Saito. I am managing the project.
Philip: And is this a research project?
Fuminori: Yes. Currently, we provide this robot to the research and not for sale right now.
Philip: So at the moment, it is just a research project and eventually it will going to be a medical tool? So it’s going to be a medical product?
Fuminori: Yeah! This robot is supposed to support the disabled people or people who can not move on their own.
Philip: So if someone is in their hospital bed, and they need food to come to them, then this robot will bring them food?
Fuminori: Yeah! Maybe. Maybe we can do that in the future.
Philip: So can he pick up something from the floor?
Philip: How high can he go?
Fuminori: About 130 cm it can reach.
Philip: So if people are supposed in a wheelchairs or in beds and that’s the maximum height.
Philip: Okay. So how many years do you think it will be in development until you sell it?
Fuminori: When we will sell this robot?
Fuminori: So, we are not decided yet. This robot, the function of this robot is so limited right now. This robot is not ready yet for everybody right now. It has no large market right now. Maybe we need more functions, we need to develop more functions.
Philip: What is the maximum weight the robot can pick up? Like the maximum kilos or weight the robot can lift?
Fuminori: It’s 1.2 Kilogram right now.
Philip: So for the weight, it’s 1.2 kilos. Is it going to be a heavier weight in the future? or is it always going to be 1.2 Kilos?
Fuminori: Currently, the 1.2 on safety issue, we are not planning to pick up large object, right now. So maybe we will not change so much.
Philip: I supposed you don’t really need a powerful robot, because it’s only going to do small tasks.
Philip: Thanks very much for your time. Very much appreciated. Thank you!
Brilliant Thanks Guys, I hope you enjoyed the interview and I want to say a big thank you to Fuminori from the Toyota Human Support Robot project , for his time and the interview.
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