Toyota’s new Torque Servo Robot Arm won’t Spill Your Wine


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Toyota’s new Torque Servo Robot Arm, on display at the International Robot Exhibition 2013 in Tokyo, is controlled by the physical touch of the operator―not a keyboard or a joystick―allowing the operator to physically specify movements. The arm responds quickly, smoothly and flexibly, and can be trained to maintain a certain “hand” position even if the upper arm or the elbow is moved.

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What’s more, if the arm accidentally comes into contact with someone, it will automatically try to cushion the impact, which would make it ideal for carrying out tasks in a busy bar or restaurant. A great way to cut down on spillage!

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Toyota hopes that robots will one day be completely autonomous, but for now we think it’s more practical to combine human operation with autonomous robot functions. This requires remote-force-feedback technology, such as that used in the Torque Servo Robot Arm.

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