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      TOYOTA TO DEVELOP WORKMAN HUMANOID ROBOT BY 2005
      AFP
      December 30, 2003

      http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific_business/view/64117/1
      /.html

      TOKYO - Japan's top car maker Toyota will develop a humanoid robot designed
      to help factory workers and provide assistance in nursing care and rescue
      operations.

      Toyota will announce details of the project in January and plans to unveil
      the as-yet-unnamed robot at the 2005 World Exposition in Japan, the business
      daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun said.

      The expo will be held in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, where Toyota's
      headquarters are located, from March through September.

      A spokesman for Toyota could not be reached for comment as the offices are
      closed for the New Year's holidays.

      Unlike Honda's ASIMO, the world's first two-legged walking robot unveiled in
      2000, and Sony's QRIO, the world's first jogging robot revealed this month,
      Toyota's robot will be used for "practical" purposes, the daily said.

      While Honda and Sony have said they are not considering selling their models
      in the foreseeable future, the daily said Tokyo plans to market its workman
      robot.

      Toyota aims to develop motion and sound sensor technology for the robot and
      then apply it to automobiles as a device to avoid collisions, the report
      said.

      Toyota hopes the new robot can help factory workers conduct physically
      demanding work and provide assistance in nursing care and rescue operations,
      the daily said but gave no financial figures involved in the project.

      To develop the robot, Toyota will work with Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp., a major
      maker of bearings and precision tools, and Yasukawa Electric Corp., a
      medium-sized electric motor maker.

      The robot market in Japan is estimated at some 500 billion yen (4.7 billion
      dollars), the daily said.

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