ASIMO, an abbreviation for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, is a humanoid robot established and marketed by Honda. It was introduced on 21 October 2000, and was designed to be a multi-functional mobile assistant. In order to aspire helping those who lack full mobility, ASIMO is regularly used in demonstrations across the world to inspire the study of science and mathematics.
Measuring four feet tall and weighing in at 115 pounds, Honda’s ASIMO has an approximate built of a big-boned fifth grader. In spite of the heavy weight, ASIMO is actually looking fitter than ever this year. Its makers are continuously working to bring improvements to its design as in a latest appearance at a New York City hotel, the robot showed off a few of its bubbly new moves.
ASIMO has the ability to identify moving objects, poses, motions, gestures, its neighboring environment, sounds and faces, which enhances its ability to interact with humans. It can further perceive the movements of multiple objects through a collection of visual information captured by two camera “eyes” in its head and also analyse distance and direction. This feature permits ASIMO to follow and face a person when approached. The robot can interprets voice commands and human gestures, making it able to recognize when a handshake is offered or if someone waves or points, and then ASIMO can respond accordingly.
Not only has ASIMOs speed been enhanced, its sense of balance has also been improved; not to mention that its running style has been over hauled making it more stable and composed. ASIMO can now climb stairs and dance a little too apart from playing ball and pouring a drink. All in all its smooth and fluid movement is the most impressive detail that the makers have worked on.
An actual reminder of Rosy from the Jetsons, doing all the household chores for you and pouring drinks, ASIMO does sound and seem a promising future for robotics to act as helpers. The key point is IF Honda keeps on bringing more improvements to this already nascent technology-walking talking battery operated servant-ASIMO can undoubtedly become the high-street robot servant that we all want to have.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8UeT9r4cmg