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ASIMO Robot

Written By: 

Shruti Kausik

Robots, the suppositious concept that has been demonstrated like a million times in movies, comes to life with the brilliant exertion of Honda. ASIMO or Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility is a state-of-the-art humanoid robot created by Honda in the year of 2000. Aimed to be a multi-functional portable assistant, ASIMO is intended to function in real-world environments. The creation of ASIMO was envisioned to help people who are bed ridden or disabled. ASIMO beats humans in tasks which can be devastatingly dangerous for them for instance, going in hazardous areas, scrapping fires or defusing a bomb. The composition of ASIMO has been kept purely welcoming and friendly.

The era of robots existence has been a topic of continuous debates and has invited numerous advantages and disadvantages of the actuality of robots but, Honda with it’s very first creation has proved that robots can opera Honda, with the joint efforts of it’s eccentric robotic research and development team, successfully launched ASIMO after 20 years of consecutive hard work. Following the trail, ASIMO team continues to excel and refine their wonderful creation. Below are ASIMO’s configuration:

Height: The brainy master piece stands tall with the height of 4 ft. 3 in. and weighs around 48 kg further making it a welcoming robot. The average height of ASIMO brands it a participant of comfortable conversations with the elderly and people with less mobility. It’s companionable height makes it a perfect size for assisting household tasks and people confined to bed or wheel chairs.

Figure 1: ASIMO Robot

Skills: ASIMO was tossed with a purpose of aiding the needs of the elderly and disabled as well as manage household errands. ASIMO has human like features as it can make gestures, speak and interact like humans which makes it a friendlier robot. ASIMO holds the capability to sense the movements of numerous objects while capturingte fantastically and accommodate well in the human environmental conditions.

Configuration of ASIMO:

ASIMO is created after governing center of gravity, successfully emulating human walk and analyzing torque requirements. Honda, with the joint efforts of it’s eccentric robotic research and development team, successfully launched ASIMO after 20 years of consecutive hard work. Following the trail, ASIMO team continues to excel and refine their wonderful creation. Below are ASIMO’s configuration:

  1. Height: The brainy master piece stands tall with the height of 4 ft. 3 in. and weighs around 48 kg further making it a welcoming robot. The average height of ASIMO brands it a participant of comfortable conversations with the elderly and people with less mobility. It’s companionable height makes it a perfect size for assisting household tasks and people confined to bed or wheel chairs.

  2. Skills: ASIMO was tossed with a purpose of aiding the needs of the elderly and disabled as well as manage household errands. ASIMO has human like features as it can make gestures, speak and interact like humans which makes it a friendlier robot. ASIMO holds the capability to sense the movements of numerous objects while capturing visual information by it’s camera eyes. Determination of direction and distance is also done by the two camera eyes of ASIMO. The former features of ASIMO enables human like features.

  3. Movement: ASIMO is accomplished in average walking with a speed of 2.7 kilometers per hour. Taking about running speed, then ASIMO can run with an average speed of around 9 kilometers per hour. The movements of ASIMO is managed by aimed Zero Moment Point control as well as floor reaction control that allows ASIMO to stay firm at a particular position and maintain it healthily. The body position, length of steps and speed are adjustable by ASIMO. ASIMO’s hands, legs, waist and neck have variable degrees of movement. The degree of freedom is defined specifically of each robot and to frame further, ASIMO has 57 degree of freedom. The fundamental body parts of ASIMO like wrist, shoulder, hip joints and neck individually has around three degrees of freedom whereas, hands with one thumb and four fingers have two degrees of freedom.

For determination of obstacles, ASIMO has visual sensors. In totality, ASIMO has sensors which helps it in autonomous navigation. The lower portion of ASIMO has one infrared sensor and one laser sensor. The infrared sensors help ASIMO determine the floor patterns to confirm the navigational path of strategic map while the laser sensor aids ASIMO to sense ground surface.

Other Specifications of ASIMO:

  1. Battery: ASIMO runs on a Lithium ion battery which is fixed in it’s backpack and takes 3 hours to completely charge ASIMO. The battery weighs around 6 kg.

  2. Operating Time: ASIMO can successfully run or walk for a good one hour.

  3. Languages: ASIMO is skilled in English and Japanese language.

The latest version of ASIMO was released in 2011 which came installed with more modified sensors and more balancing powers than it’s previous incarnations. ASIMO’s most recent update comes with dexterous hands and refined touch sensors. To conclude, artificial intelligence has brilliantly taken birth in the present generation with one live example, ASIMO which in present time imparts lectures and teachings in various colleges. ASIMO has made presence in Disneyland and also at NASA which makes ASIMO a star of every world and in the other parallel worlds.

The Verdict:

The level of technology used and years of tremendous research have made ASIMO a state-of-the-art creation. Sky is the limit for ASIMO’s cost which makes it attainable only by the celebrities or by the government. Well, now we all wait for ASIMO’s presence in public healthcare hospitals, private hospitals and in households to assist elderly and need. Although due to its star value and its normal built cost, the era of an ASIMO in every house is years away.