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Toyota's new robot avatar could go where humans can't

Android copies movements, lets user see through its eyes

The control system for the T-HR3 maps the operator's movements onto the robot.

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor has developed a humanoid robot that mimics its controller's movements at a distance, a technology with potential applications ranging from nursing care to space travel.

The T-HR3 robot unveiled Tuesday is controlled by an operator seated in what the automaker calls the Master Maneuvering System. Equipment worn on the arms, legs and hands reads the user's movements and maps them to the robot.

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