New Delhi :
Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled an upgraded version of its human-shaped T-HR3 robot. The robot, which is controlled remotely by a person wearing a headset and wiring on his or her arms and hands, now has faster and smoother finger movements because the controlling device is lighter and easier to use. Such a robot could, in the future, be used to perform surgery in a distant place where a doctor cannot travel.
It also might allow people to feel like they’re participating in events they can’t actually attend. In a recent demonstration in Tokyo, a person wearing a headset and wiring made the robot move in exactly the same way he was moving, waving or making dance-like movements.
Smaller robots that look like the mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were controlled in the same way. Toyota engineer Tomohisa Moridaira said human-shaped robots can be controlled intuitively because all the person operating it has to do is move naturally.
The challenge still lies in securing reliable and speedy telecommunications connections so that signals are accurately relayed from the human to the robot, said Moridaira. The robots were connected by local networks in the demonstrations.
Apart from this, Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Tuesday said N Raja has now donned a bigger role and moved to Toyota Financial Services India as its managing director.
Raja, who has been with the company for the last seven years, was previously deputy managing director for sales & marketing at TKM, a press statement from the company said here.
TKM announced the rollout of restructured organisational changes effective from January 1, 2020, as it continues to redesign the company operations from long-term perspectives.
The other key changes include promotion of Raju B Ketkale as the deputy managing director covering manufacturing as a function, the release said.
Ketkale, with over two decades of experience in the automobiles field, was previously senior vice-president & director at TKM, handling product design and development and quality assurance, it said. Naveen Soni has been promoted as the senior vice-president of the sales and customer service.