A new type of robot that cannot move by itself

The main goal of our laboratory is to create and develop novel passive robots enabled with state-of-the-art robotic technology to guarantee the user’s safety in Human Robot Interaction. Most of the systems developed in our laboratory do not have their own driving force from motors, but their mobility rather relies on an external force. Our assistive robots are designed to support users when they need it or in case they are in a dangerous situation. As a result, people feel don’t feel like they depend on the robot, they feel that they can move freely and independently. Under the same concept, we are developing haptic devices (using vibration) to convey the desired motion direction to users and help them train sports efficiently by themselves. Furthermore, we are conducting research and development of a wide-area exploration system using multiple passive robots for efficient exploration of earthquake disaster areas, volcanic areas, oceans or other planets.