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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday April 26 2022, @06:29AM   Printer-friendly
from the domo-arigato-mr-roboto dept.

Over a decade old, Honda's little humanoid robot astonishingly doesn't seem obsolete

Honda's ASIMO humanoid robot is retiring. For the last 20 years, ASIMO had been performing at the Honda showroom in Tokyo, Japan, but these regular demonstrations are now at an end. We've known for a while that this was coming—Honda announced back in 2018 that it was halting ASIMO development in favor of working on robots with more practical applications, like robots for elder care and disaster relief. But what blows me away about ASIMO, even now, is just how impressive it still is.

[...] This little robot really did set a (still somewhat aspirational) standard, especially relative to other humanoid robots, which have only within the last few years been able to match and then significantly surpass ASIMO's performance, if not its looks.

[...] But Honda has more recently seemed to realize that they could take the ASIMO platform and the philosophy of humanoid robotics that it represents only so far, and as of 2018 the company shifted development to a clearly ASIMO-inspired but much more robust robot called E2-DR.

The short article has some nice videos of ASIMO:
Performance video from 2010
History of Honda robotics
2017 demo
E2-DR demo

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Tuesday April 26 2022, @12:02PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Tuesday April 26 2022, @12:02PM (#1239660) Journal

    It's garbage like pretty much all robots. Which is why we don't have a humanoid non-toy robot in 80% of households.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 26 2022, @08:33PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 26 2022, @08:33PM (#1239824)

      And who the fucks writes breathy press releases and calls it "news". It's bad even for Soylent news? Garbage on garbage piled deep. Nom nom nom.

  • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Tuesday April 26 2022, @01:39PM (3 children)

    by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday April 26 2022, @01:39PM (#1239685) Journal

    It may have some inspiration from ASIMO, but it lacks the "appeal". It looks more like an adult male than like a kid.
    I do wonder to what extent is has "brains on board", and how much it's a telefactor. That would determine it's usefulness, especially in areas where radio signals might be blocked.

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    • (Score: 3, Touché) by maxwell demon on Tuesday April 26 2022, @08:15PM (2 children)

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Tuesday April 26 2022, @08:15PM (#1239814) Journal

      Well, “DR” stands for “Disaster Response”. I think if you need help in a disaster, cuteness of the helper is your least worry.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 26 2022, @08:36PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 26 2022, @08:36PM (#1239825)

        Although... one should be prepared in the eventuality they are. For any lady cops out there, it never hurts to offer a BJ, that's all I'm saying.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 26 2022, @09:59PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 26 2022, @09:59PM (#1239844)

          That would be from your own personal experience offering guys BJs? You seem so sure...

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 26 2022, @04:56PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 26 2022, @04:56PM (#1239739)

    Let him loose in a Sunbeam factory so he can fuck all the toasters, then we'll have a bunch of baby robotic toasters.