Three years ago, we told you that Honda was working on Asimo, a robot that could run 6km/h. We all managed not to panic. Now Toyota, the company that brought us robot musicians and robot maids, introduces the latest in running robot technology.
This unnamed bot can run 7km/h (take that, Asimo), and as they demonstrate in the video, can withstand being pushed by a human. That’s right, human. It can stand up to you, as long as you don’t push too hard.
We are always excited to see the latest developments in robotics, but it is a little unsettling to see these humanoid robots becoming more and more like us. For those of us who are already picked last in gym class, this just seems like a lot more competition.
However, if these running humanoid robots promise not to hunt us down when they learn how to move at super speeds, we promise not to shove them gently until they topple over. Deal?
Toyota's Newer, Faster Robot Gives Us A Reason To Stay In Shape
1. Running Robots - The increasing development of humanoid robots being able to run faster opens up opportunities for faster delivery options.
2. Fitness Robots - The development of running robots emphasizes the potential to create a robot fitness coach that can cater to users’ own specific needs to enhance workouts.
3. Humanoid Robotics Advancements - Advancements in humanoid robotics, such as the ability to stand up while being pushed over, present opportunities for advancements in prosthetic limbs and creating machines that can assist in dangerous jobs like firefighting.
1. Logistics - Logistic companies can start to integrate faster running robots for speedier delivery options.
2. Fitness - The fitness industry can develop more advanced running robots that are user-specific, and, thus, enhance workout experiences.
3. Prosthesis - Prosthesis industry can evolve thanks to developments in humanoid robotics to provide persons with motor ailments more functional prosthetic limbs.