Toyota to Make “Mountable” “Trumpet Playing” Robot

I don’t know why it’s the car companies that are leading the personal robotics race, but Toyota’s just announced a set of trumpet playing robots that will serve as assistants to the elderly and infirm. One of them is a “mountable” robot that can carry an adult human. Unfortunately there is no pic of this model, leaving me to wonder if it looks more like some sort of Centaur/Pride scooter hybrid.

The Toyo ‘bots were designed to play musical instruments as well as help people, and according to the press release their lips move with “as much finesse as human lips” which of course makes me wonder what else these robots can do. Play a trumpet? Right. That’s what it was designed for. There’s such a huge demand for trumpet playing robots….