Move over, R2D2. Honda’s updated robot is bound to be the best companion one will ever want at home. Want to welcome visitors at home? Not a worry, as it can shake hands with anyone and open a bottle and serve a drink afterwards which makes it perfect for your home parties. But the newly revised ASIMO is more than just your average robot.
Short for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, Honda’s humanoid robot is intended to support people with limited mobility. Initially launched in 2000, it took developers 14 years to copy and emulate real human movements for its robot. This year’s version, aside from its white suit and helmet reminiscent of an astronaut headed to space, have added features such as jumping and running at a maximum speed of 5.6 miles per hour. Not only that, it is also equipped to do sign language for people who have reduced hearing.
While it may be fun to have one at home, just think about the numerous things you will be able to accomplish with this smart robot. Honda developers are keener on targeting the elderly for the helper robot. “Asimo was designed to help those in society who need assistance, and Honda believes that these improvements in ASIMO bring us another step closer to our ultimate goal of being able to help all kinds of people in need,” according to senior chief engineer Satoshi Shigemi. He added that they will continue working to understand what people want ASIMO to do, indicating there will even be more updates in the future.
[via New Straits Times]
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