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Honda's All-New ASIMO Debuts in Europe

Honda's All-New ASIMO Debuts in Europe

16 July 2014

 

The latest generation of Honda’s humanoid robot, ASIMO, made its European debut in Brussels today.

 

The all-new ASIMO, which Honda hopes in the future will be able to help people in need, incorporates several significant technological advancements over its predecessors. These include improved intelligence, enhanced hand dexterity (enabling it to open a bottle and pour a drink or express sign language), as well as the ability to run faster, run backwards, climb and descend stairs more smoothly, hop and even jump.

 

The advancements take Honda another step closer to creating a robot for practical use in the home environment, or wherever assistance is required.

 

The all-new ASIMO features a number of new capabilities that have resulted from Honda pursuing research into robots with decision-making capabilities, which allow it to adapt its behaviour to its surroundings in real time.

 

Advancement of intelligence capability:

  • ASIMO can now recognise the faces and voices of multiple people speaking simultaneously.
  • ASIMO can stop its current action and change its behaviour to accommodate the intention of the other party. For example, ASIMO is now capable of predicting the direction a person will walk and instantly taking an alternate path to avoid a collision.

 

Advancement of physical capability:

  • ASIMO is now capable of running at 9 km/hour (3 km/hour faster than its predecessor).
  • ASIMO can now also run backwards, jump and hop on one leg continuously.

 

Improved task-performing capability:

  • The all-new ASIMO has highly advanced, dexterous multi-fingered hands.
  • These, combined with object recognition technology, allow it to perform complex tasks, such as picking up a glass bottle and twisting off the cap, or holding a soft paper cup to pour a liquid without squashing it.
  • ASIMO can also perform sign language (Japanese and American).

 

 

Also making its European debut today is the UNI-CUB β (beta), a new personal mobility device that features Honda‘s omni-directional driving wheel system and utilises balance control technology amassed from Honda’s extensive research into bipedal humanoid robots.

 

These technologies allow a UNI-CUB β rider to move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally simply by shifting body weight and leaning toward the intended direction.

 

“For the first time in Europe, Honda is demonstrating the all-new ASIMO – the latest generation of Honda’s remarkable research into humanoid robotics”, said Satoshi Shigemi, Chief Engineer, ASIMO.

“Previous generations of ASIMO have demonstrated incredible fluidity and speed of movements. The all-new ASIMO takes this mobility, task performing ability and interaction with people to the next level and moves Honda one step closer to its ultimate goal of developing a robot that can be a helper to people in need."

 

The all new-ASIMO and the UNI-CUB β’s made their European debuts at the ASIMO Studio in Brussels, Belgium. The ASIMO Studio is the home of Honda Robotics communications in Europe.

 

To celebrate the arrival of ASIMO in Europe, we have created a number of short films which you can view on our YouTube channel.

To watch ASIMO in action, click here

To learn more about the history of Honda Robotics, click here

 

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