ASIMO: Honda's Famous Robot

Honda not only produces some of the top cars, trucks and SUVs on the streets today like the Honda Accord, but also produces ASIMO, an extremely famous robot.

This 2000 robot is not available at Barber Honda in Bakersfield, California, but the Japanese automaker continues to further develop its robot design. At the Honda Robotic research facility in Tokyo last week, ASIMO showed off its quicker reflexes and faster running ability. In fact, ASIMO was programmed to play a soccer game.

Honda President Takanobu Ito thinks robots like ASIMO are essential. Technological improvements and developments which are currently used in robotics will someday be used for human transportation safety. Honda's robot, ASIMO, can even lend a hand in the event of a natural disaster, like the devastating tsunami that hit Japan earlier this year.

"The mechanical arm can open and close valves at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which went into meltdown after the March tsunami, according to Honda. The automaker is working with the utility behind the problem plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co., to try to meet demands to bring the plant under control," according to one report.1

Ito added that "the first idea was to send in Asimo to help out, but that was not possible because the robot cannot maneuver in rubble, and its delicate computer parts would malfunction in radiation."2

ASIMO can run faster than it did in 2005. Specifically, ASIMO can currently run up to 5.6 mph, a noteworthy improvement from the robot's original 3.7 mph. And, better yet, ASIMO can communicate! For example, he can say sentences such as 'Hello, my name is Asimo.'

Source: 1,2http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2011/11/08/honda_shows_smarter_robot_helps_in_nuclear_crisis/

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