Here at Stuff, we don’t believe robot-kind will one day over throw the human race and enslave us to do its bidding. We believe The Matrix and The Terminator were just films, and Bicentennial Man was just a mistake.
Same as Toyota. According to Reuters, the Japanese car manufacturer, and robot genius, has rolled out a couple of new models (literally) along with an ambitious robot-aim to have commercial robots out there helping the humans by 2010.
The first one revealed was a robot on wheels, gliding around with big robot arms, waving at the press. The other was a 5ft violin-playing robot. It plays the violin. Toyota isn’t aiming to replace your favourite orchestra any time soon, it’s to show off how dexterious the bots can be – and not crush kittens with its powerful robot pinkie.
Toyota also revealed an intelligent two-wheeled wheelchair, called Mobiro – it’s a bit like a Segway you sit on. The chair smoothes out bumpy rides and can be programmed to follow you, carrying your shopping. Now that’s the kind of robots we believe in: ones that do our bidding. We hear Mobiro will make its real-world debut in Tokyo’s Disneyland next year.
“Over the next two to three years, we will put the robots to the test through trial applications and see what kind of business possibilities they present,” Toyota Motor corporation president Katsuaki Watanabe told a human news conference.
Toyota is so chuffing confident of the impending robot love-up by the human race that it wants robots to be one of its main businesses by 2020. We hope it makes a bending robot.
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