A Sensoroid and Smart Chair that Enable a Person´s Health and the Conditions of the Surrounding Environment to be Visualized to be Put on Exhibit at Hannover Messe 2018


THK CO., LTD. (Main Offices: 2-12-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Akihiro Teramachi) announced that they will be exhibiting product prototypes at Hannover Messe, the world's leading Trade Fair for industrial Technology, to be held on April 23rd to 27th, 2018, in Hannover, Germany. At this exhibition, THK will display a humanoid sensoroid that is able to grasp various conditions of the surrounding environment. Sensors can be embedded all over the robot, thus enabling the environment in which a person is situated to be visualized on the basis of a diversity of factors. A »smart» sensing chair that measures a person´s respiration, heart rate, stress levels, and more will also be on display.

»ATMOS» sensoroid

• Designed as a silhouette of the human body formed in grey acrylic around a white framework.
• By sandwiching various sensor modules between the sheets of acrylic, it is possible to optimize this product/robot for a variety of applications.
• THK´s FBL27D slide rails are used in the chest area, and a microcomputer or other device can be installed as well. THK´s RF77F cross-roller ring is also used for/in the robot´s waist.

Prototype details
• Transparent boards/sheets are aligned at a 15-mm pitch, and sensor modules can be easily situated between them.
• Sensor data is visualized on a separate monitor.


»ARGUS MOVA» smart sensing chair

• With white shell-type seats and legs made of transparent acrylic, this chair offers a futuristic feel that seems to float in the air.
• Its shape takes into consideration this product´s deployment as seats in automobiles, trains, airplanes and other applications.

• High-sensitivity piezo sensors are incorporated into the seat portion, enabling heart beat, respiration rate, and more to be detected based on minute movements of the human body.


Exhibition Outline
Name: Hannover Messe
Dates: April 23 (Mon) to 27 (Fri), 2018
Venue: Hannover Exhibition Grounds
30521 Hannover Germany
Booth Number: Hall 17 Stand B49