Paralysed US Army veteran Romulo Camargo is the first person in North America to trial Japanese automaker Toyota's Human Support Robot.
The robot has already been tested in Japan and is designed to help people with disabilities perform everyday activities in the home. Its compact body can execute a variety of household jobs, including lifting a bottle of water or opening doors. "Those are the most important tasks I do throughout the day and the robot will do it for me," Camargo told MIT Technology Review. "You know, that's something huge."
Commands can be made by voice or via an intuitive touchscreen. The robot uses QR tags to identify objects in a home environment and responds to orders thanks to a revolving, articulated arm. Along with in-home assistance, the robot can be operated from afar to check in on an empty house or watch over a disabled family member.
Its creation is part of Toyota's ongoing plan to build and sell machines that help the senior population in particular with their daily tasks. It's a shrewd move, considering the personal robotics sector is expanding rapidly. By 2022, it will grow by around 40% each year, reaching a market value of up to $34bn (Research and Markets, 2017).
The robot hints at new possibilities for the elderly and people with disabilities to live their lives more independently. To discover other solutions helping seniors enjoy a better quality of life at home, see Senior Fitness: Channelling Wellness and Seniors Level Up.