The Partner robots are humanoids designed to help people with tasks in factories and homes. They're also great entertainers, capable of playing music on the trumpet and violin.
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When the Partner runs, it becomes airborne, with both feet off the ground for a fraction of a second.
Toyota has been developing industrial robots since the 1970s, and starting in the 2000s it became interested in humanoid robots that could assist people. Toyota used its robotic technologies to develop the Partner, designed to "work in harmony with people." The goal was to create robots that can help people with tasks that involve manufacturing, personal mobility, nursing and healthcare, and housekeeping. Toyota unveiled the Partner robots at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan. There were initially two models: Robina is wheeled, and Humanoid is legged. In 2017, Toyota's Partner robot division announced the T-HR3, a brand-new, third-generation humanoid robot, designed to be "a platform with capabilities that can safely assist humans in a variety of settings, such as the home, medical facilities, construction sites, disaster-stricken areas and even outer space."