Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) developed new robots to provide support in nursing and healthcare. The robots form part of the Toyota Partner Robot series, which is being developed to assist humans in their everyday activities. Each robot incorporates the latest in advanced technologies developed by TMC, including high-speed, high-precision motor control technology, highly stable walking-control technology advanced through development of two-legged robots, and sensor technology that detects the user’s posture as well as their grasping and holding strength.

Toyota considers Partner Robots to be useful in four fields: nursing and healthcare, short-distance personal transport, manufacturing and domestic duties. TMC is developing technology that cooperates with humans, including devices that assist in the loading and moving of heavy components in factories, in addition to automated technology that enables autonomous tool operation.

Toyota believes that there is a strong need for robots in the field of nursing and healthcare at hospitals and other medical facilities. TMC aims to support independent living for people incapacitated through sickness or injury, while also assisting in their return to health and reducing the physical burden on caregivers.

Toyota Nursing and Healthcare Robots

Nursing and Healthcare Robots from Toyota

Nursing and Healthcare Robots from Toyota

Independent Walk Assist Robot

Independent Walk Assist Robot is developed with the aim of supporting independent walking for people whose ability to walk has been impaired by leg paralysis or other causes. Mounted onto the paralyzed leg, it helps the knee to bend to facilitate natural walking. Supports independent walking for people whose ability to walk has been impaired by leg paralysis or other causes. Detects the intention to walk using a thighposition control sensor and a foot load sensor and then helps the knee swing forward as the leg is brought forward.

Walk Training Assist Robot

Walk Training Assist Robot is developed as a device for walking training, this robot incorporates Independent Walk Assist technology and assists in the development of natural walking from the early training stage for people whose walking is impaired. Supports return to natural walking from early training stages for people with impaired walking. Adjusts the body-weight support level according to the degree of recovery and monitors gait data such as joint angles to provide a visual interpretation of rehabilitation progress.

Balance Training Assist Robot

This robot was developed to support balance function training for people with impaired balance. The combination of two-wheeled self-balancing (inverted-pendulum) technology and game elements is aimed at making training enjoyable. Provides balance training by moving the people in the game (in tandem with the movements of the training individual) according to a shift in body weight to the front, back, left and right.

Patient Transfer Assist Robot

Patient Transfer Assist Robot is developed to reduce the heavy physical burden required of caretakers when transferring patients. With the combination of weight-supporting arms and a mobile platform, this robot helps the caregiver throughout the patient transfer process from bed to toilet and back. The arms are shaped to easily accommodate patients, and are equipped with compact, precise control functions to provide gentle transport similar to being carried by a person. Designed for easy use by both caregivers and care recipients.