A new version of Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot was revealed today. The improved robot can pursue key tasks in a real-life environment and features an advanced level of physical capabilities.
The new ASIMO can act in harmony with people - for example, walking with a person while holding hands. It can also give and receive objects, and walk while using a trolley or cart. Plus, the development of a "total control system" enables ASIMO to automatically perform a series of everyday human tasks, such as those of an information guide.
The running capability of ASIMO is dramatically improved, with the robot now able to run at a speed of 6km/h and can also run in a circular pattern.
The goal of Honda’s Research and Development team is to create a truly useful humanoid robot which possesses both intelligence and physical capabilities at a high level.
The new ASIMO revealed today has achieved the advanced physical capabilities target, so now Honda will continue in its R&D efforts by shifting focus to the area of intelligence, which will further enable ASIMO to make comprehensive judgements based on various situations.An overview of ASIMO’s latest developments
Various technological achievements obtained through the research and development of ASIMO, including posture control technologies, image and voice recognition technologies, and technologies to anticipate and avoid collisions, will be applied to other technological pursuits within Honda, such as automotive safety technology and other areas.
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