The proportion of the world population over sixty years old is expected to grow significantly over the next thirty years. According to the WHO estimate, it should increase from 11% to 22% between 2000 and 2050. The Toyota Research Institute has therefore designed domestic robots to perform various household tasks instead of seniors in homes. And to develop these revolutionary robots, the Japanese firm has resorted to fleet learning technology.
Habitat disparity: a challenge for researchers
The unique configuration of each house is one of the most
major difficulties faced by researchers at the Toyota Research Institute
for the design of his domestic robots. Because of the differences between
dwellings (size, number of rooms, layout, furniture, dishes, etc.)
would be almost impossible and extremely expensive to create programming
unique for each home.
To get around this problem, researchers have used fleet learning technology, which is currently being used by Tesla to enable its fleet of autonomous vehicles to improve without the intervention of men.
In short, it is a learning model that allows robots to perform the same task in different and changing environments.
The robot is still in the prototype stage
For now, the robot is still in the prototype stage and Toyota has yet to reveal anything about its marketing. On October 3rd, the engineers of the Japanese firm published a demonstration video to show what he will be able to do. And from what we've seen during these few minutes, the machine should be able to do most of the household chores in the home.
Initially designed to help dependent elderly people, the company is also considering expanding the use of this technology in the logistics and manufacturing sector in the future. Thus, we could see robots land in different industries over the next few years.