Expo 2005 Aichi, Robot Project

In 2001, by combining the industrial robot technologies it had accumulated with automobile control technologies and state-of-the-art IT technologies, Toyota established its robot project, aiming to demonstrate the robots at Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan. For the expo, Toyota developed music-playing robots to entertain visitors.

Walking Model

Features

Stable movement, artificial lips capable of playing a musical instrument, robot hands, and lightweight body.

Concept

Under development as a robot that uses tools. At Expo 2005 Aichi, this model played the trumpet. Designed for assistance and elderly care applications.

Technologies

Replicated the vibration of human lips. Has the ability of human fingers to operate valves on a musical instrument.

Design

The robots are meant to express the Japanese spirit of "wa" or harmony, and the ideal of hospitality that underpins Japanese culture. The design of the lightweight, slim-body robots applied cutting edge technology and focused on a finely tuned form, with a pleasant expression that would express kindness and friendliness.

Specifications

Height 1,450mm
Weight* 40kg
Degree of joint freedom of movement 31
*includes the weight of the musical instrument