Toyota Research Developing New Telepresence Robot for 2020 Olympics

Toyota’s T-TR1 offers a way for people to attend the Olympics without leaving home

Story by Evan Ackerman, Ieee Spectrum

Developed by the Toyota Research Institute, the T-TR1 telepresence robot features a massive screen, multiple 3D-sensing systems, plus a 360-degree camera.

With the Olympics taking place next year in Japan, Toyota is (among other things) stepping up its robotics game to help provide “mobility for all.” We know that Toyota’s HSR will be doing work there, along with a few other mobile systems, but the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has just announced a new telepresence robot called the T-TR1, featuring an absolutely massive screen designed to give you a near-lifesize virtual presence.

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