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Friday, March 12, 2004

Ananova - Toyota unveils trumpet-playing robot
A trumpet-playing robot has made its musical debut in Japan.
Toyota : Partner Robot


:: Xinhuanet - English ::: Toyota to commercialize humanoid robot by 2010: report 2004-03-11 09:28:35

TOKYO, March 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Toyota Motor Corp. aims to commercialize humanoid robots around 2010 by establishing a section specializing in their development early next year, a major Japanese business daily reported Thursday.
The leading automaker will consolidate the resources of group companies and business partners to achieve the objective, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun said.
The section will be established within Toyota's production technology headquarters and staffed with several hundred people, including robot engineers from the automaker's technology headquarters and those from Toyota's technology lab in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Toyota is currently developing a humanoid robot for the 2005 Aichi World Exposition at its production technology headquarters.

JCN Japan Corporate News Network - Toyota Announces Overview of "Toyota Partner Robot" - Robots to Be Unveiled at Expo 2005, Starting March 2005
Mar 11, 2004
Source: Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203) (NYSE: TM)
From the Japan Corporate News Network

Tokyo, Japan, Mar 11, 2004 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203; NYSE: TM) today announced an overview of the project to develop partner robots designed to function as personal assistants for humans.
Overview of the Partner Robots

Walking --

- Applications: Assistance, elderly care
- Features: The walking model walks on two legs similar to a person, making it easy to become accustomed to. It is able to use its hands to carry out a wide variety of tasks.
- Height: 120 cm
- Weight: 35 kg

Rolling --

- Applications: Manufacturing, mobility
- Features: The rolling model zooms along quickly without taking up much space. It is able to use its hands to carry out a wide variety of tasks.
- Height: 100 cm
- Weight: 35 kg

Mountable --

- Applications: Elderly care, mobility
- Features: The mountable model is capable of carrying its passengers almost anywhere they need to go. It is fun to ride and operate.
- Height 120 cm 100 cm 180 cm
- Weight 35 kg 35 kg 75 kg