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.

Rolling Model

Features

High-speed movement, nimble change of direction and quick arm movements.

Concept

  • Music-playing robot

Under development as a robot that uses tools. At Expo 2005 Aichi, this robot played the drums and the tuba.

  • DJ robot

Under development as a robot that communicated with people. Designed for manufacturing and mobility applications.

Technologies

Replicated the vibration of human lips. Has the ability of human fingers to operate the 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

  Tuba Trombone Horn Drum DJ robot
Height(mm) 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Weight(kg)* 50 45 55 65 45
Degree of joint freedom of movement 11 11 20 16 21
*includes the weight of the musical instrument
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