What looks more like someone in a space suit is nothing less than HONDA’s most advanced humanoid robot “ASIMO”. (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility). ASIMO, however, was not made for space but rather to be a helper to people. He has a wide range of abilities that enable him to fulfill his purpose. Here are just mentioned a few:
- recognize moving objects, postures, gestures, its surrounding environment, faces, voices
- interaction with people, i.e. handshakes, following someone, interpreting voice commands, identifying people by their voice
- walking speed of 2.7 km/h and running speed of 6 km/h
- autonomously avoids obstacles
- climbs stairs
- carries trays and prevents spilling its contents
- pushes and freely controls carts
The first version of ASIMO was unveiled in 2000. Since then it has been updated and improved (the specifications above refer to the latest release).
Sources: http://asimo.honda.com and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASIMO
ASIMO conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- ASIMO serving a tray
An innovative version of an allround robot. As you can see in the video the RHex Robot is a universal robot capable of surmounting many different terrains… from rocks, to stairs and even water.
Here are some interesting facts about the RHex:
- It is the first documented autonomous legged machine to have exhibited general mobility over general terrain.
- The RHex project arises from a multidisciplinary and multi-university DARPA funded effort and it received $8 million over 5 years.
- The development process combined mathematical techniques from dynamical systems theory and biology advancing the state of the art of robotic systems.
- Check out the RHex Robot platform for more information and videos about the robot and its capabilities
An advanced prototype of RHex