Honda recently showed the new and improved ASIMO robot, and all the things the humanoid bot can do. The new Asimo stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, a name that it earns by being able to accomplish complex movements, and even a bit of dance. Asimo can walk around on its legs, assess its surroundings, and make intelligent decisions based on input from its sensors.
Asimo can run at a speed of 5.5 mph, has greater dexterity with its fingers, ascend and descend stairs, hop around on both, or a single leg. That is a wide range of movements available, and the bot uses them quite well. Sensors on the bot’s fingers allow it to hold things, without letting them slip or crushing them. It can also use its fingers to communicate in American Sign Language and Japanese Sign Language.
Honda says it will take another decade before we see a robot like Asimo really get mass produced and be put to use. One of the areas the 4 feet 3 inches tall, and 110 pounds heavy robot could assist in, is care for the elderly. Or even regular assistance with household chores.