Sure enough, Honda has been playing with ASIMO for 10 years. To mark the occasion, Honda has rolled out a new website dedicated to the life and times of its humanoid robot. There are baby pictures, adorable stories and even a video or two to sink your teeth into. You know, if you're into that sort of thing. Of course, ASIMO itself is the result of over a quarter of a century of work on humanoid robot technology that Honda hopes will one day aid in human mobility. Additionally, the Japanese company wants ASIMO to evolve into a robot that can help people in their everyday lives, potentially taking over household chores.
For now, though, ASIMO has been busy meeting heads of state and conducting orchestras. Important work, sure, but meanwhile, General Motors' one-year old R2 Robot is headed to outer space to lend a hand or two at the International Space station.
If you want to check out the Honda ASIMO festivities, head over to the company's robot-themed site. There's even an iPhone app available for download. Hit the jump for the press release.
29th October 2010
ASIMO has reached a huge milestone and will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on 31st October. A decade ago, Honda created a humanoid robot so advanced it started a revolution in humanoid robot technology. To mark this date, dedicated Anniversary websites and films have been launched today, with new photos, videos, the story of its creation and smartphone apps.
Click here to view ASIMO's Anniversary celebrations - (http://world.honda.com/ASIMO/)
The application software for iPhone and Android smarphones, "Run with ASIMO" features ASIMO and other Honda robots as characters that the user can interact with. (Both the iPhone and Android versions will be available soon).
Honda's research into humanoid robotics started almost a quarter of a century ago and 14 years later, on 31st October 2000, ASIMO was created. Since its European unveiling at the Technical University of Darmstadt in June 2003, ASIMO has inspired, educated and influenced thousands of people all over the region and has gained acclaim from engineers and scientists alike.
ASIMO has visited science museums around Europe, met royalty and heads of state and even has visited the European Parliament.
ASIMO is part of Honda's long standing programme of research and development into robotics and human mobility. Honda's goal is to develop a robot that will be able to help people in their everyday lives; a robot that will take on some of the tasks that would help make all our lives easier and more pleasant.
The benefits of such a humanoid robot may not be limited to the home environment, but could include any situation where people need support and assistance.
Honda is now focusing its research on the development of intelligence as well as improving the understanding about the ideal interaction and relationship between people and humanoid robots.
The ultimate goal of the Asimo project is to create a truly usable humanoid robot and continue the development of intelligent systems for use in other Honda products. In addition to this, Honda partner in many education projects around Europe, aimed at inspiring schoolchildren and students to become more involved in science & engineering.