November 8, 2011
Honda Unveils New, Upgraded ASIMO Robot
Honda Motor Co. unveiled "the world's first autonomous behavior control" ASIMO humanoid robot on Tuesday.
The new robot is able to continue moving without being controlled by an operator. Honda also said that ASIMO is now a step closer to practical use in an office or a public place.
The company said its new ASIMO has advanced from an "automatic machine" to an "autonomous machine" with its ability to make decisions and determine its behavior according to its surroundings.
ASIMO is now capable of responding to the movement of people and the surrounding situations.
"For instance, ASIMO will stop its current action and change its behavior to accommodate the intention of the other party," Honda said in a press release.
"Coordination between visual and auditory sensors enables ASIMO to simultaneously recognize a face and voice, enabling ASIMO to recognize the voices of multiple people who are speaking simultaneously, which is difficult even for a human being to accomplish," the company said in its release.
Honda has also improved the robots physical capability. ASIMO is now capable of "more flexibly adapting to changing external situations so that it can" walk over an uneven surface while maintaining its posture.
The company also improved ASIMO's task-performing abilities. The robot is now able to perform tasks like picking up a glass bottle and twisting off the cap, or hold a soft paper cup to pour a liquid without squishing it.
"With these capabilities, the all-new ASIMO takes another step closer to practical use in an environment where it coexists with people," Honda said in a press release.
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