Toyota’s humanoid robot is remotely controlled via 5G

So far they’re only known from the movies. The robots, which can be controlled over long distances, imitating every human movement. Whether the avatar from the film of the same name or the robots at Real Steel. However, Toyota’s latest development brings the dream of the Avatar-like proxy one step closer to reality.

Demovideo T-HR3 (Source: TOYOTA)


Together with the Japanese telephone company NTT Docomo, they controlled a humanoid robot, the T-HR3, from about 10 kilometers away. All via a wireless 5G network.

The Bot itself is nothing new, the T-HR3 was introduced years ago, but until now its control was only possible via a direct cable connection. The super-fast 5G network now brings us closer to the future and opens up completely new application potential.

The T-HR3, Toyota’s third generation humanoid robot, was designed to be remote controlled by a human. The pilot is found in a base that equips him with hand, arm and foot switches as well as a head-up display. This allows the pilot to see the world from the robot’s point of view. This in turn sends a force feedback back to the operator, so that he can better understand his environment and operate the bot safely.

At the same time, the robot has full body balance and coordination control to keep it upright and flexible joints to control the robot’s contact force with people or objects in its environment.


“The Partner Robot team members are committed to using the technology in T-HR3 to develop friendly and helpful robots that coexist with humans and assist them in their daily lives,” – Akifumi Tamaoki, General Manager Toyota Partner Robot Division.


The wireless control of the robot opens up many potentials for the future. For example, it can be used without any problems in dangerous areas. Even people with limited mobility can master everyday tasks from home. Further details will be revealed on a demo at Docomo’s Open House in Tokyo on 6 December.


Post picture: TOYOTA

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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