• Jan 27, 2010
We have an announcement to make: the Robot Apocalypse is not on its way. The Robot Apocalypse has officially begun. Toyota is working on a plethora of robots that will assist in caring for the elderly. Home health care is massively expensive and time consuming, and if the task were pawned off on taken over by robots, the "savings," as they're being called, would be huge.

Two of the robots in development can do things like play instruments and fetch things. One of the robots is a machine straight out of Aliens: a seat mounted on robotic legs and controlled by a joystick. It would allow the aged to go anywhere that robots can go... which is, really, anywhere. And once Toyota adds arms and battle axes, plus that dung-beetle-derived full-color night vision system, any elderly person able to move a joystick will immediately be the most powerful human alive. So we really might want to think about this...

The robots also have manufacturing uses, aided by Toyota's research into a wire-operation system to replace hydraulics and "adding limberness and speed to the motion." Toyota plans to have them working on the moon by 2020. Yes, the moon (from where they will launch their first attack in 2021). First the elderly. Then babies. Then... you. Human.

[Source Toyota via TG Daily]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      hope he can navigate floor mats and carpets
        • 4 Years Ago
        Frank
        10:09AM (1/27/2010)
        Unintended roboceleration!
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        U.R. for short
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unintended roboceleration!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I hope the robot won't race uncontrollably without a way to turn it off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "And once Toyota adds arms and battle axes, plus that dung-beetle-derived full-color night vision system, any elderly person able to move a joystick will immediately be the most powerful human alive."

      The year: 2030
      The place: a quiet suburban street
      3 kids cut across a neighbors yard. An elderly gentlemen pops his head out the door. "Hey you kids, get off my lawn"! "Stick a sock in it, grandpa"!, the oldest boy retorts. Too late, he heard the mechanical clanking and the hissing of the hydraulic pumps - "Ahhhhhhhhhhgggg"! The next morning his lifeless body was found in the alley.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ""Ahhhhhhhhhhgggg"! The next morning his lifeless body was found in the alley."



        not necessarily, you missed the post on bio digestible battlefield self re-fueling robots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is just thinking of another way to sell something to thier primary customer base.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bathroom, naps, meals, meds, and pinochle...that's all the services we need from robots and maybe helping us sit out front on the stoop so we can bitch about the neighbors. I include pouring my cognac with the meals part.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really? Do they inexplicably race across the kitchen floor at high speed?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda's ASIMO laughs at that crude robot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this Toyota robots looking after the elderly, news release probably couldn't have come at a worse time, or a better time for comedians. it's hard to make up this kind of stuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about a robot that will protect you from Toyotas with sudden acceleration?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Old Glory Insurance. For when the metal ones come for YOU.

      http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/clips/old-glory-insurance/229049/



      • 4 Years Ago
      I hear JDM Life will be buying the first one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am LOLing
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm looking forward to a Romeo & Juliet video starring the Honda and Toyota robots.
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