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We don't know why Honda has kept Prototype 4, otherwise known as P4 (right), and probably known as ED-209 to humanoids in the near future, in a closet for ten years. P4 was the robot after P3 and just before the 'bot we have come to know as Asimo. Asimo was released so soon after P3 was retired that P4 never got his time to shine on stage, but ten years in the dark is still a bit stiff.

Especially because P4 looks cooler than any other robot in the line, especially the first guy, but also the latest Asimo variant because it always looks like it's trying to sneak up on you when it walks. P4's specs are pretty much the same as the current 'bot as well, with the same flexibility but slightly more weight. But dig the black fingers and the blue trim – we see new possibilities for the color coordination of our robot overlords. Now we only wonder if it knows how to say "You have ten seconds to comply..."

[Source: Response.jp via Engadget]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, this item will REALLY upset henrykrinkle. He of the Porsche watch comment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK, booby prize to the first person to but a bazooka round thru this thing.

      Enough with the stupid Honda robots already.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The BigDog creation could be on Dancing With The Robot Stars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always enjoy the robot apocalypse comments. I forsee a future battle at the end of humanity with zombies and robots fighting for the remnants of the planet.

      Damn...I'm bored at work already....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rumor Control: Story/photo circulating of "new" P4 version of ASIMO is false, it's actually an old prototype from 90's displayed in Motegi.

      from official ASIMO twitter: https://twitter.com/ASIMO/status/10951557027
      • 5 Years Ago
      you have 20 seconds to comply
      • 5 Years Ago
      did u know that honda actually had to withdraw from formula 1 because ASIMO the robot has a FUNDING SHORTAGE PROBLEMS. or could be the robot is SICK.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, P4 is to Asimo as Lore is to Data?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Drachen
        nerd. Of course I knew exactly what you were talking about...so I'll see you at the next convention :)

      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously... what the heck does this have to do with AUTO? I am a car freak, not a 'Honda has a new robot' freak. I doubt you will see a story on the motorcycle blogs when Yamaha makes an advance in the material they use to make their clarinets or create a new method of holding a cord on their pianos. Just because Honda makes cars AND ridiculous and pointless robots does not mean that we need to hear about it here on Autoblog. I am sure that if it is a huge advance I will see a nice pretty picture and short blurb on yahoo when I check my email.

      Thanks anyway though. BACK TO CARS!
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 akboss
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 akboss
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Imag:

        you could have just said +3
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 akboss
        • 5 Years Ago
        When the internet becomes all about you, I'm sure they will hold articles to meet your approval before releasing them. Until then, we will have to enjoy the diversity that is the world of autos and read some things related and some that aren't - imagine that, something for everyone! Crazy idea, isn't it? I enjoyed the quick spot - thanks Autoblog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Today archeologists digging up 100 million year old dinosaurs speculate on whether or not they came in various colors...careers can be built on this . A hundred million years from now when Asimo and P4 are dug up, archeologists will speculate on the color differences and be baffled as to what the significances were. Careers will rise and fall as the result of a couple of ancient nerdy Honda guys going through a parts bin and using whatever came to hand... blue plastic.
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