For more than 20 years, HONDA dedicated its best engineers and talented brains to create, and improve the iconic two leg-humanoid robot ASIMO. After giving its first steps in 1986, ASIMO now can go up the starts, give a hand shake, rotate walking direction, receive voice commands and recognize obstacles within its way. However, after all this time, HONDA decided to conclude the project and focus its energies to other technologies. Here we tell you more about its history and what is next for this amazing robot.
Honda created the first two-legged robot named E0 as part of the Honda E Series, the first humanoid walking robots created between 1986 and 1993. After the preliminary findings resulting of this project, Honda released the P Series, produced till 1997. These first robots were way taller and heavier than ASIMO. The biggest robot, developed in 1993 weights 175kg and was as tall as 1.91cm.
After more of a decade of research, in 1999, the Wako Fundamental Technical Research Center in Japan, started the development of the Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility ASIMO. The first version of ASIMO was unveiled in October 2000. This new robot was 130 cm (4 ft 3 in) tall and weighs 54 kg (119 lb), after was decided the perfect help for a “service robot” was 1,30 tall. After this, the main goal for ASIMO was to explore the service and help industry.
Eighteen years later, ASIMO raised to become one of the top of the line robots, and a symbol of innovation among the engineer’s community. This pioneer of robotics finished its road by becoming one of the few robots that can run, walk in any surface, turn smoothly, claim stars, grab objects, comprehend and respond voice commands, recognize face, register objects and move obstacles. Definitely top of the line and most innovative robot in history!