January 11, 2007
New Honda ASIMO robot shown at Consumer Electronics Show
Honda’s Asimo robot at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show. Click image to enlarge
Torrance, California – A breakthrough version of Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO made its North American debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The latest ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) incorporates several significant advancements, including a streamlined new design, more fluid and quick movements, and the ability to run at nearly 4 mph (6.4 km/hr).
“For the first time in North America, we’re demonstrating this newest iteration of Honda’s remarkable humanoid robotics technology,” says Jeffrey Smith, American Honda assistant vice president. “ASIMO now has a revolutionary ability to run and manoeuvre at unprecedented speeds. Honda continues to further the development of humanoid robotics technology, believing that one day ASIMO will be a helper to people in need.”
The new ASIMO can interact with people and carry out commands much better, and can more effectively perform numerous new tasks, including moving carts and carrying objects. With a new ability to recognize the surrounding environment through various sensors, ASIMO can use its eye cameras and force sensors on its wrist to give and receive objects, hold a person’s hand, and move in sync with him. The company’s goal is to eventually produce a robot capable of assisting those who lack full mobility, and of working in environments dangerous for humans.