Asimo grows up, ready to serve tea | HT Tech

Asimo grows up, ready to serve tea

The walking childlike robot from Honda motor company can now serve tea, push a mail cart and gallop along at twice its previous pace the latest in the Japanese automaker?s quest to replicate human movement.

By: ASSOCIATED PRESS
| Updated on: Dec 28 2005, 16:36 IST

The walking childlike robot from Honda motor company can now serve tea, push a mail cart and gallop along at twice its previous pace the latest in the Japanese automaker's quest to replicate human movement. The 130-cm tall, bubble-headed robot named Asimo has already shown it can jog, walk up stairs, wave, avoid obstacles and carry on simple conversations.

But in a demonstration on Monday at Honda's Tokyo head office, a new version of the robot showed off new skills its maker hopes will make the robot more handy around the office. The demonstration illustrated how Asimo might serve as a receptionist of the future. Equipped with a sensor that can read microchips in identification cards, the robot recognised a woman approaching from behind, and turned to greet her by name.

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The new technique demonstrates improved balancing technology because both the robot's feet are airborne at the same time in mid-stride. Honda began dabbling with humanoid robots in 1987 and has now 40 Asimos worldwide. The company plans to start using Asimo's new receptionist functions at Honda offices early next year.

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First Published Date: 14 Dec, 12:05 IST
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