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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

New ASIMO jumps into the Future!

Honda has demonstrated a brand new version of its ASIMO humanoid robot newly equipped with the world’s first* autonomous behavior control technology. With a further advance in autonomy, the all-new ASIMO can now continue moving without being controlled by an operator. Moreover, with significantly improved intelligence and the physical ability to adapt to situations, ASIMO took another step closer to practical use in an office or a public space where many people come and go.
Below the first videos published by kmoriyama.
ASIMO running 9 km/h (5.6 miles per hour), compared to 6 km/h for previous model

ASIMO walking over an uneven surface

ASIMO jumping on one leg

ASIMO grabbing a water bottle, opening the top and pouring the drink into a cup

ASIMO's hands are dexterous enough (with independent finger control) to perform sign language. By combining tactile and visual sensors, ASIMO can recognize objects and handle them appropriately, such as taking caps off of bottles and pouring liquid into paper cups without crushing them.
New Honda Robotics Team
Honda newly established a collective term, Honda Robotics, and a new  logo to represent Honda’s robotics technologies and application products created through its research and development of humanoid robot represented by ASIMO.
Honda takes the Lead! 
In September 2010 Chief engineer Satoshi Shigemi, project leader of the ASIMO development, Honda R&D Co., Ltd told Robotland, that Honda so far has only reached about 10 percent of its technological targets for commercial humanoid robots. Much more research and development is needed before humanoids can be sold on consumer markets. Many issues such as safety, reliability, user friendliness are critical, human-robot interaction has to be considered carefully, even power supply is critical. Honda is focusing on human-robot interaction research to examine the diverse levels of robot acceptance and interaction around the world. The aim of this research is to better understand what the ideal interaction and communication between people and humanoid robots ought to be in the future. People need to be able to comfortably communicate with the robot so that it can react properly to their commands and carry out their wished when assistance is needed. In his opinion consumer robotics is still in its infancy and it will take many years until affordable partner robots will be available on the market.
The new ASIMO is a great step into the future and more great steps will follow.

1 comment:

Sebastien said...

cool stuff. It seems though that this Honda Robot Asimo is better suited for operations in dangerous zones than at home. Who will ever have the money to buy one for herself?

They should maybe show it handling radioactive materials operated from distance.