Asimo Autonomously Navigates Moving Obstacle Course Right Into My…

Asimo, still licking its wounds after being outrun by Toyota, fired back earlier this month at Carnegie Mellon, where it learned how to navigate complex, moving obstacle courses. Seriously impressive stuff in this video—just wait until things start spinning! » 8/23/09 1:00pm 8/23/09 1:00pm

Toyota Humanoid Robot Gives Asimo a Run For Its Money

Shown here is Toyota's running robot. At 7 km/h it's not going to win any wind sprints in the Olympics, but nevertheless this thing is airborne for 100ms between strides as it skirts across the floor (i.e. genuine running). » 8/02/09 11:00am 8/02/09 11:00am

Honda's Groin-Threatening Robo-Legs Demonstrated On Video

Why Honda took a few days to seed a video of their potentially emasculating robotic legs » 11/10/08 6:18am 11/10/08 6:18am is beyond me, but here it is: a faceless man running the "Walking Assist Device" through its strides (ha, ha). My fears of testicular danger are only partially mitigated, and the fact that the legs have a hilariously feminine gait…

Honda Robo-Legs Help Mobility at the Expense of Fertility

Honda's first foray » 11/07/08 7:11am 11/07/08 7:11am into robotizing old peoples' haunches looked pretty tame, but this new one, on which geriatrics are supposed to mount like some sort of meat trophy, feels like a glimpse into a horrible, dystopian future where up is down, right is wrong and grandmas and grandpas amble through Sears on mechanized…

Asimo Understands Multiple People Yelling At Once, Has Future on Wall…

Honda research engineers have given Asimo the ability to understand three voices at once, thanks to an array of eight microphones that can recognize each voice individually. The recognition software, HARK, can process the commands with 70-80 percent accuracy and the microphones are placed all over Asimo's head and body … » 6/10/08 9:45pm 6/10/08 9:45pm

Toyota One-Ups ASIMO's Conducting Performance with Robot Orchestra

Honda's ASIMO may have picked up the baton to conduct an entire orchestra, but Toyota has just outperformed the little guy with its suite of robo-musicians. Dubbed Chuck, Harry, Dave and Ritchie (honestly!) the part-wheeled, part-bipedal quartet recently performed a concert where they actually played a trumpet, tuba,… » 5/16/08 7:01am 5/16/08 7:01am