Tokyo Robotics realizes a more efficient society by creating new robotic applications

In recent years, robots have been widely applied in many fields. Factory automation already has a long history but automation is currently extending to warehouses, farms, offices, and even homes. Our mission is to accelerate this trend and realize an efficient society. Ultimately, we aim to create a society in which robots do boring and dangerous tasks while humans engage in work requiring their mind and heart.

We propose innovative robotic applications by both discovering and creating unknown market needs and technology seeds. Innovative ideas are born from the connection with people and society. Tokyo is among the best places in the world to create novel robotic applications because of its many potential customers, universities and institutes conducting cutting-edge research, and highly skilled small factories. For this reason, our company is based in Tokyo and is named Tokyo Robotics.

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Torobo

Humanoid robot - Torobo

Torobo is a robot developed to accelerate research on industrial applications of full-body humanoid robots. Equipped with torque sensors in all the joints of its arms and waist, Torobo is capable of high-performance impedance control and force control. It can be used to automate tasks that involve active contact with people, the environment, and objects, as well as for applied machine learning research.

Toala

Humanoid robot - Toala

Unlike Torobo, Toala is not equipped with joint torque sensors, but it is capable of contact stop and simple impedance control by torque detection based on current value. Toala is intended for customers who wish to verify automation using a dual-arm robot in a more practical way.

Torobo Eye

3D Camera - Torobo Eye

Torobo Eye is a compact and lightweight 3D camera developed as a vision sensor for robots. It uses structured light 3D measurement to acquire high-definition 3D images. It is suitable not only for fixed installation but also for operation mounted on the tip of small- to medium-sized robotic arms including mobile manipulators.

Solution

Mobile Gripper

for Logistics

We are developing solutions for logistics using Mobile Grippers™ and mobile manipulators, which travel autonomously and perform object handling. We aim to automate tasks such as palletizing, depalletizing, and case/piece picking from shelves in small- and medium-sized warehouses and factories. System development and on-site verification are currently underway.

R & D

Advanced Robotics Research

We support the JST Moonshot Project by Waseda University and co-develop a teleoperated robot with NTT Communications. We are also conducting various research and development activities in-house.

Proof of Concept

We conduct a feasibility study on a contract basis for a new automation application with autonomous robots. We have worked with JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives), JUKI, Yamaha Motor, and JFE Steel, etc.

Movies

Palletizing with Mobile Gripper

This is a demo of automatic palletizing with a Mobile Gripper(TM). By using left and right independent movable grippers and force detection, cardboard boxes are stacked without gaps.

Torobo (whole-body humanoid robot)

This video shows the basic performance of humanoid robot “Torobo”, which is used as a research platform for JST’s Moonshot R&D program (Goal 3: Smart Robot that is Close to One Person for a Lifetime).

Remote external force control using a humanoid robot

This is an application of a bilateral control system, which can transmit external force of a humanoid robot to its operator. This system is a result of joint development since we were selected for the Open Innovation Program by NTT Communications in 2019.

Mobile Gripper Prototype

This is a mobile gripper developed for use in logistics facilities, factories, and markets. This video was made with the cooperation of JA Sagami in the 3rd JA Accelerator Program.

7-axis force-controlled cobot prototype

This is a prototype of a 7-axis force-controlled cooperative robot arm jointly developed by Yamaha Motor and Tokyo Robotics. The arm can be controlled as if there is a spring at the end of the arm.

Bilateral control demo of a remote humanoid

This is a demo of force and position control of a humanoid robot from a remote location using bilateral control over a network. This is the result of joint work with NTT Communications.

Deformation and slip detection of objects with tactile sensor array

Multilayer perceptron is applied to the fingertip sensor array to grasp soft objects without crushing them, and heavy, slippery objects without dropping them.

High-speed Karaage picking

This is a demo of picking irregular-shaped objects (Karaage). The pick and place movement in 2.2 seconds (at the fastest) per Karaage was achieved by using a Torobo Eye SL40 3D camera.

Cloth folding with Torobo

This is a demo of folding cloth. The folding width is adjusted by using image processing. It was carried out at the request of JUKI Corporation.

Reseach example with Torobo #2

Our Torobo can be used for an intelligent robot that can handle the tools like humans. For the details, see the description of this video in Youtube. The copyright belongs to Chukyo University Hashimoto Lab.

External force following during P2P movement

Active compliance during a point-to-point movement. Position control and external force following are balanced in a single operation.

Impact force mitigation with active compliance

Active compliance (admittance control) mitigates the impact force at the collision. This function makes the cobot safer.

Collision detection demo with Torobo Arm

Collision detection is achieved with the joint torque sensors. The collision is determined by dividing the torque caused by the motor drive and that by external force.

Interaction between Torobo and human

By using the joint torque sensors, Torobo can physically interact with a human as if it had had intention. The copyright of the movie belongs to OIST Cognitive Neurorobotics Research Unit.

Demo #2 at iREX2017

This is a demo of vegetable picking with deep learning. A Torobo Arm Mini is used for this system.

Torobo Arm: Teach and playback

A motion (trajectory) are recorded with the direct teaching and played back. You can see that the trajectory is reproduced smoothly.

Torobo Arm: External force following

The gravity compensation and external force following are performed while having a 5.5-kg weight. In spite of the weight, the arm can follow the operator's touch softly.

Active compliance with Torobo Arm

Through its active compliance functionality, Torobo Arm achieves external force following, impedance control, and contact stop.


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