- new Japanese miracle
On December 13, Japanese automotive
giant, Honda, introduced a “robot partner” to
the world. Robot was named “Asimo” and is the
latest example of advancement in the field of
“Asimo” is a two-legged robot
which resembles a human being, and for the time
being can walk, run, hold hands with a human,
is able to “sense” the position of a human hand
and the strength of the handshake, which allows
the robot to figure out how to behave. A human
leading the robot by its hand, using sophisticated
sensors, can “tell” Asimo to speed-up, slow-down,
turn right, or turn left. Movements made by
Asimo are very realistic and resemble movements
by a child.
“Asimo’s” developers are planning
to further develop the robot and further enhance
“Asimo’s” capabilities. The ultimate goal is
to develop a robot, which in the future will
be capable of leading children and blind humans.
The developments and findings in sensor technology
will be utilized by Honda in its automotive
business, its core business.