When the end of the world comes, it will arrive on the shoulders of dancing robots. The researchers behind Asimo, the humanoid robot from Honda, have tapped into the muscle behind the Xbox Kinect system to allow users to control Asimo using nothing more than their own body movements. With self-collision safeguards and upper and lower body correlation programming in place, the adorable face of our robotic overlords is moving more like a human than ever before. What's more, Aismo can now utilize a database of text-inspired gestures as a form of communication.

Why does this matter? In the past, programmers had to individually code the movements in each of Asimo's joints in order for the robot to be able to perform a simple task. The design required a symphony of programming just for the robot to be able to walk across a stage. Now Asimo merely requires a human to move naturally in order to instruct his joints. It's a massive step forward. We're guessing it wouldn't take much to be able to record those movements for future replay, either. Hit the jump to check out the video.



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      stever
      • 3 Years Ago
      i would have been practicing doing "the robot" with it
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Elmo, here's one product outside automobiles: http://world.honda.com/HondaJet/
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Moron... Anything aeronautical (except a glider, para-sail, and hang glider. Exactly like a pedal bike compared to a motorcycle) is automotive. It is a vehicle that moves under its own power. That is the definition of an automobile. auto - simply meaning "self" mobile - able to move freely
      Carmen Quesero
      • 3 Years Ago
      This robot would be a lot more impressive if it could turn off valves in failed nuclear power plants!
      Dshinystar
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is over the top of automobile sorry autoblog but this is out of your subject , if u say its cause its a Honda well honda make million of stuff too soo... why not blog it here too..?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dshinystar
        Honda makes automobiles of all types. They also make internal combustion engines for generators, which still makes them apart of the automotive world. They do not make anything outside of the automotive world that is available to the public. If you bring up motorcycles, I will come to where ever you are and smack you around and call you sally.
          Dshinystar
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Ok thank for the reply Elmo very useful garbage talk! thank again
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          You are so troll! Every single time you have that need to argue with somebody about anything. Next time before you spam with your useless thoughts ask yourself 3 questions: 1. Does this need to be said? 2. Does this need to be said by me? 3. Does this need to be said by me, now? You'll save as a lot of "you" in future if you do it.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      The title intrigued me, but the content is boring. People stop complaining why AB posts non car related articles. You won't change anything. If you comment in the post you were intrigued enough to open the article. And other people stop trolling about the first type of people. No matter how many times you tell them to "shut the f**k up" they'll continue to troll. Don't turn into them. That was my trolling for today. Do you think I should've ask myself the 3 questions? Maybe I should've do it. Meeeh! Next time! Have a great day, everybody!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        WOW! One person that doesn't need to be telling people to not troll is YOU. YOU are the one who went through a whole comment section proclaiming your absolute hate for homosexuals. YOU are the one that continues to show that he is more knowledgeable about cars than everyone else. YOU are the troll. Keep denying it, but you are the troll for even posting this.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I don't hate homosexuals. One of my closest friends is gay. Again you are so narrow minded you didn't get anything I wanted to say. Not in the Beetle post, not now. The fact 25% of the comments in this treat are yours and not single one of them is your opinion on the subject of the post, but replays to other people's comments tells it all. Lighten up a bit stop picking up on people.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Kris, there you go again. You're being a hypocrite. Where's your opinion on this subject? "The title intrigued you, but the content is boring..."? Yeah, that's quite an informative opinion./sarcasm What a douche. Thinking you're better than everybody and being a hypocrite at the same time.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        What's even more hilarious is that there are a lot of downvotes that magically appeared when you responded. That can only happen if you had multiple accounts downvoting me. I have 6 downvotes for a PURE fact on what an automobile is? Yeah, seems a bit fishy to me.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I would love to take a credit for that, but the merit is all yours.
        Danny Eckel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Well you have a point but those people annoy me, usually the posters see the comments and they took time to find, write and post it and then someone that is obviously surfing the site and looking at it feels the need to complain.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      This has nothing to do with cars, but who cares? Yay dancing robots!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        It has a whole lot to do with cars. It's Honda. Honda makes automobiles.
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Elmo, Mitsubishi makes air conditioners. Does that means that AB have to inform as about that too?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris
          Honda doesn't make appliances. Stupid comparison. Asimo is just a technology excersize to show what Honda engineers can do. It isn't sold to the public, nor will it ever be available to the public.
        asdf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Sure it has something to do with cars. Robots complete a lot of work already in the manufacturing of cars (painting, welding), why can't they build the whole thing?
      nattomethane
      • 3 Years Ago
      Me ( Honda guy) thinks: this dude looks hmmm..too plastic to me, I'd rather go for this other: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQKk3PI-DW8&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLD96B9C6489D2D1AD .
      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not to be confused with Kinekt, the patent holders of the Kinekt Gear Ring
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      And by the way, extremely slow news day? 6 new articles in the last 24 hours. Did Glucker steal them all when he left?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Uh this isn't a news website. I shall not explain how it isn't, because it should seem pretty obvious.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      iamdaniel21
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to introduce ASIMO on this VIDEO. http://youtu.be/6dKPkL2oto0 FAIL.
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