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January 09, 2019

Applications of supramolecular artificial muscle to be demonstrated

Toyoda Gosei to Exhibit e-Rubber at RoboDEX

Kiyosu, Japan, January 9, 2019: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. will exhibit e-Rubber, its next-generation material for dielectric actuators and sensors, at the 3rd RoboDEX robotics show held at Tokyo Big Sight over three days starting on January 16.

Using e-Rubber, Toyoda Gosei has been developing artificial muscle for robots (soft actuators) as a next-generation power source in place of electromagnetic motors and tactile/pressure sensors and motion sensors (soft sensors) that take advantage of e-Rubber’s softness. The company is moving toward practical applications including medical and care support robots in aging societies.

This will be the second time the company has exhibited at RoboDEX and it will show specific examples of applications to soft robots. Demonstrations of tactile sensors that can sense subtle pressure and hands that can grasp soft or amorphous objects will be presented.


Main exhibits

 Robotics / soft robotics
  ・Convenience store stocking robot:     Arranges soft food items such as rice balls, sandwiches on shelves
  ・Oden (traditional stew) robot:       Sorts boiled eggs with and without shells by touch

 ・Tactile sensation sharing technology: Tough sensations of things such
                                               as surface unevenness and hardness
                                               or softness are reproduced at
                                                                    distant location using e-Rubber
                                                                    (Being jointly developed with Keio University)

Medical simulator

 ・SupeR BEAT:      Surgical training simulator that reproduces the movements of the heart
                                      (to be launched in the fall of 2019)

Transmit/share tactile sensations


Promising fields for e-Rubber application

About Toyoda Gosei

Established in 1949 and headquartered in Kiyosu, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Toyoda Gosei is a leading specialty manufacturer of rubber and plastic automotive parts. Today, the Toyoda Gosei Group provides a variety of high-quality products internationally, with a network of approximately 100 plants and offices in 18 countries and regions. Through its flexible, integrated global supply system and leading-edge technologies, Toyoda Gosei aims to grow as a global company that acts flexibly and swiftly in today’s dramatically changing business environment, delivering the highest levels of satisfaction to customers worldwide through safety, comfort, well-being and the environment.