Honda demonstrates the newest version of their Asimo robot.
"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."
Bots've come a long way, baby.
So everybody knows about Honda's flashy ASIMO
, and the sadly canceled QRIO
, but now Wakamaru
, Mitsubishi's entry into the field, seems to have been first among semi-autonomous humanoid robots to find a job. I wish it luck, but it might need to grow up a little
. Maybe it can learn from Domo
, son of Cog, robot of yore
gets an upgrade.
His new abilities include running at 6 mph, operating a cart, serving tea, walking hand in hand, walking with a tray, facial recognition, and the ability to defenestrate you without moral responsibilities.
of the Asimo in action.
Honda has upgraded Asimo
. They've added jogging
, autonomous continuous movement
, some new joint designs
, and better intelligence
, expanding the range of humanoid robots, which includes, the Qrio from Sony
, and Toyota's offering
that entered the fray earlier this year (previously discussed
Now Toyota enters the robot race.
Honda's humanoid robot, ASIMO
, is such a splash, Toyota is entering the race, making robots designed to assist the elderly and incapacitated, and play trumpet with artificial lips.
Shouldn't the US be making humanoid robots too?
What do you really want your robot to do?
Gracefull bipeds, miniature robot ballets....
Titled by the BBC as "Humanoid robots wow Japanese", The world's largest robot exhibit this weekend
in Yokahama features Asimo by Honda ["Asimo can now recognise individual faces and can understand gestures as well as spoken commands. Meet him once and he never forgets, responding by approaching and calling your name on subsequent meetings."
] as well as Sony's newest Aibo accesories and their stunning SDR-4X ll, a biped sporting "fluid walking motion and lifelike gestures." Epson Seiko caught my attention, though, with their dozen tiny Bluetooth controlled 12.5 gram Monsieur ll-P robot prototypes which executed a miniature choreographed ballet
Pretty soon they'll be scuttling around on our walls like cockroaches, watching us......