• Dec 11, 2006


As product demonstrations go, this is what you would call a worst case scenario. Right at the one minute mark, the Honda Asimo robot has an issue making it up the steps and takes a faceplant on the floor below, shattering his glass "face" and saying what sounds like "sleeping". We're not sure if it was nap time or too much saki, but the quick dimming of the lights and unfurling of the wheeled wall demonstrates some pretty quick thinking, and obvious preparation for such a mishap. We hope you get a laugh out of it as much as us and the folks in attendance.

[Source: TechEBlog]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Did they pull the screen over because the robot was embarrassed?
      Reminds me of Speilberg's AI.....we better watch out...'they" have already learned about vanity......how will they do with politics and capitalism?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Poor, little guy... i hope he's ok. (wait a minute... its a robot.. wtf)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Scott Davis - where's your bipedal humanoid robot, smart guy?

      I'm (mostly) kidding...

      I suppose Honda can be laughed at and ridiculed for trying. Let's all laugh at furthering understanding and technology!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Am I the only one disturbed by this video? I've always been interested in him, and have followed his progress..to me he's almost human. Seeing him fall brought out the same emotion as I would feel upon seeing a small child fall and injure himself.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Poot Honda! Booo hoo!!
      Sob, sob!!
      Waaaah!
      Always getting picked on!
      Waaaaaah!
      Why Honda?
      Why?
      Sob!
      Waaaaah!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The next presentation by Honda will show how Asimo healed up without a hospital visit and just a few days of bed rest.

      Honda still builds just about everything better than most car companies. Just ask the people who actually OWN Hondas, not those who don't.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Honda builds great cars, not great robots"?!?

      WTF?

      Show me another robot that does as much as what Asimo can do. Honda has been at the forefront of robotics using the Asimo platform for a long time.

      I sense a bit of USian jealousy in the editorial above and the comments. How about a little bit more praise with the laughter at the stuff up...

      I bet Asimo completed those steps hundreds of times in testing. It is really freaky to see that thing walk so easily.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #10 iQuack...yea thats why a good friend of mine had to take his Civic in before 30k miles TWICE to get the trans replaced. Or another friend's Civic's electrical system that decided to crap out about three months into ownership. Honda isnt perfect, you know?

      Anyways, the auto companies need to start up an Ultimate Robot Fighter league.
      • 8 Years Ago
      OK. We climb the technology mountain because it's there. As far as the benefits reaped are concerned, it's not getting to the top, but the climb itself. The technological advances that havewill come out of the Asimo project will no-doubt impact our lives in many noticeable ways in the future, as well as be employed in furthering other technologies, etc.. But as far as the practical applications of Asimo itself goes, I think a clean-n-sober, “non-smoker” helper monkey with a good list of references would be of greater benefit. Or perhaps Honda should buy Asimo a nice helper monkey.

      On the other hand, Asimo’s fall was clearly pilot error. The stride and height of its leg and foot motion in its climb program seems to be set for only a specific dimension of stairs. If it starts out at the first step too close or too far away, it will eventually make a faux pas and fall. The last little step toward the stairs started it off too close, which caused its left foot to get hooked under the tread and his right shin to be too close to the tread in front of it. The other error they made was to have stairs with no risers, only treads. The first error might have been masked had its foot not had the chance to get caught on the tread.

      Another striking thing about it falling is that its designers tried so hard to make it appear human, but completely missed some of the most basic, human instinctive reactions: specifically, the self-preservation reactions, such as breaking one’s fall with one’s hands, etc. Isaac’s little namesake just did a full face plant and didn’t even try to catch itself.

      It was very impressive to see it walk, though. And, from a psychological standpoint, it’s interesting that we have such an odd empathy with something we intellectually know to be inanimate. I guess it’s similar to how a child would anthropomorphize a doll. On the other hand, if most people were to see an adult wearing a backpack and a spacesuit-like helmet walk up the stairs, not looking where he or she were going, fall, say, "sleeping", and then lay perfectly still, they would think he or she was an idiot. It’s odd how the mind of a human works: willing to care for an inanimate robot that falls, but not care about one of its own kind taking the same fall.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Show me another robot that does as much as what Asimo can do. Honda has been at the forefront of robotics using the Asimo platform for a long time."

      Done. Sony achieved much more with QRIO:

      Getting back up after being pushed over -
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tncg8FICnwA

      Motion tracking and fall recovery -
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiCvPxI0ByU

      Throwing a ball -
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJgkB1FOfEg

      What I find most impressive is that they managed to fit all that tech into a more compact package too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      as long as my integra runs fine, i dont care. GM would laugh at that though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I dont know whats NICK R problem??Saying Fords are better "Please"Fords sucks"and and the world knows it maybe his ford got smoke by a civic. Ha loser thats how its starts.Anyways asimo robot falling faceplant funny Just of matter of time until honda gets it.Like they always do. Go Honda!!!!!
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