Toyota Educates Housework Robots with Virtual Reality


Toyota has turned to the use of virtual reality to train robots, which it plans to help with simple everyday household chores. These robots will be tested in virtual reality before being used in homes.

It is almost certain that robots will take part in our lives in the future. The training of these mechanical aids, which is expected to make our lives easier, is another issue. The machines learn in a different way from us.

Trying a different approach in this learning process, Toyota decided to take advantage of virtual reality in the education of robots. There is a reasonable reason to use virtual reality here.

Virtual reality era in robots education

Under normal circumstances, doing the same process continuously allows the skills to develop to a certain point. Unlike us humans, robots are more limited in creativity and do not get bored. In other words, if a person is going to put a pet bottle on a shelf 10 thousand times, he tries to make it interesting after some point. The robots repeat the same process continuously. Virtual reality, on the other hand, allows robots to face different situations and thus constantly gain new experiences.

The VR training system enables 3D design of what human trainers want robots to see. He then informs the robots about the tasks in this environment. This allows robots to educate themselves on simple concepts and how to use everyday objects in different ways.

Toyota robots learn by seeing objects

The method developed by TRI (Toyota Research Institute) creates a wider working area, although not perfect. Instead of learning the whole map of the house, this system, which raises robots that perceive what is around it, can be seen in the video below.

How do you think the future will be? Will the robots be smaller and multifunctional, or will they be humanoid vehicles, as we have seen in science fiction?


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