Yesterday I went to see Honda's Robot Named Asimo which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility. Asimo is suppose to be the first robot that can walk like a human and be able to move backwards and forwards and turn with no problem. The show was free so I dragged dad to see this little 4 ft robot. According to Honda Asimo weighs about 115 pounds and can only grip 1.1 pounds. It runs on a Ni-MH battery for about 30 minutes, which is the lenght of the show. The show itself showed the small robot including the kicking of a soccer ball and the climing of stairs as well as going around objects. The highlight that people were talking about were its ability to stand on one leg and being able to dance to some extent. I was impressed that Honda had created a robot that is the first pionnering steps towards a andriod type of robot like Data in Star Trek. Also was a liitle discuraged on the pauses it took to calculate the complex manuvers like climbing the stairs. Also ASIMO is controlled by 802.11b wireless through a labtop that was in the back of the room. I took lots of photos with my phone and short 10 sec video clips which I will upload tomorrow. For further information click here to go to ASIMO's website.
[Update] I have posted my pictures from the ASIMO event, click here for the pictures.