Make Robot Alfred, Not Robot Enemy: A Prorotype Robot Butler
To create truly useful robots for any given situation, engineers know that anthropomorphism can be a trap. Maybe that’s why this prototype butler from Toyota hangs from the ceiling like a creepy two-fingered hand. Here’s more from The Verge:
Toyota says the robot’s design was inspired by trips to Japanese homes, where researchers found that limited floor space would constrain a robot’s ability to help. Their solution was to imagine a future home built with robots directly integrated into the architecture. Building new robot-assisted homes from scratch would create its own problems, of course, but the design itself does solve some issues.
“What if instead of needing a robot to navigate the cluttered floor, it could travel on the ceiling instead, and be tucked out of the way when it’s not needed?” said Dan Helmick, co-lead of robotics fleet learning at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), during a virtual presentation.
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