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Honda ASIMO in photos: The pioneering humanoid robot makes more progress

For people who are into robots, Honda's ASIMO is a rockstar. ZDNet recently got a look at ASIMO's latest capabilities and pulled together photos of ASIMO's larger journey.
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By Jason Hiner, Editor in Chief on
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Honda ASIMO, humanoid robot

Honda ASIMO is one of the most world's most advanced experiments in humanoid robots. ZDNet got a close look at ASIMO at the 2015 SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan on April 22-23. While ASIMO is still a long way from being a commercial product, it continues to do more and more each year and the research that has gone into it has also spawned other products as well.

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ASIMO shows off for students

One of the ways Honda uses ASIMO is to inspire students to study STEM. It's meant to show them the kinds of fun stuff they could be working on in the future.

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ASIMO can now shake a hand

ZDNet and TechRepublic editor Jason Hiner shook hands with ASIMO at SAE World Congress 2015 in Detroit on June 22.

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Honda UNI-CUB

The UNI-CUB is derived from the robotics research that has come out of the ASIMO project. It is designed to help people with injuries and mobility challenges to achieve full mobility.

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A ride on Honda UNI-CUB

ZDNet's Jason Hiner tried out the UNI-CUB, which moves by shifting your weight and moving our feet on the pedals.

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Trying Honda Walk Assist Device

ZDNet's Jason Hiner also tried the Honda Walk Assist device at the 2015 SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

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Trying on Honda Walk Assist Device

The Honda Walk Assist Device can help people who are physically impaired from a stroke or other injuries to walk. It's an exoskeleton device that provides additional power to the legs.

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Honda Walk Assist Device

The Honda Walk Assist Device also came out of the same research that went into ASIMO.

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Honda Walk Assist Device

These pieces attach to the legs to help power movement where the legs have been weakened or injured. This product is actually ready to go into clinic trials and potentially come to market in the next several years.

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The evolution of ASIMO

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ASIMO serving drinks

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ASIMO opens a water bottle

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ASIMO is made to serve

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ASIMO walks down stairs

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ASIMO runs

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ASIMO walks for students at Czech Science Center

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ASIMO walks while holding hands

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ASIMO with reflection of Times Square in visor

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ASIMO with Amands Bynes at premier of "Robots"

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ASIMO with Anthony Daniels who played C-3PO in Star Wars

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ASIMO is now performing at Disneyland in California

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ASIMO at Sundance for the premier of Honda's "Living with Robots"

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ASIMO on Nova TV

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ASIMO at the Brooklyn Bridge

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ASIMO was a hit at Madison Square Park in New York City

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ASIMO accepts induction into Robot Hall of Fame from founder James Morris

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ASIMO conducts Detroit Symphony Orchestra

On Tuesday night May 13 Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot brought attention to the newly established The Power of Dreams Music Education Fund for Detroit youth at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) by conducting the orchestra as it performed “The Impossible Dream” to open a special sold-out concert featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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ASIMO helps present cellist Yo-Yo Ma with award

Prior to a sold-out concert by Yo-Yo Ma and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra May 13, the renowned cellist was presented with the Orchestra’s "Changing Lives through Music" Highest Achievement Award. The award was presented to Ma by DSO Music Director Designate Leonard Slatkin, American Honda Vice President Dick Szamborski, and Honda's ASIMO humanoid robot. ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, debuted its ability to conduct immediately preceding the award presentation when it led the orchestra in a short work called "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh.

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ASIMO with Detroit Symphony Orchesta music director Leonard Slatkin

Honda's ASIMO humanoid robot joins internationally-recognized American conductor and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Designate Leonard Slatkin on stage prior to a special sold-out performance with Yo-Yo Ma at Orchestra Hall the evening of Tuesday, May 13, 2008. ASIMO debuted its ability to conduct when it led the orchestra in a short work called "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh.

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ASIMO with Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed

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ASIMO performed to 10,000 people in Serbia

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ASIMO at 2015 Copenhagen Summit

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ASIMO at a robotics festival in Serbia

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ASIMO celebrated 10th birthday in 2010

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E0 was Honda's first two-legged robot to take steps in 1986

E0, Honda's first two-legged robot, took its first steps in 1986.

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E1 was Honda's first robot to do fast, stable walking

E1 was the first of Honda's second generation of robots that would achieve fast, stable walking in the human living environment.

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P1 was Honda's first humanoid robot

With the walking mechanism firmly established, Honda engineers attached the legs to a body to create a humanoid robot. P1 was the first robot in Honda’s fourth generation of robots and Honda’s first humanoid robot.

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P2 (1996) was the world's first self-regulating walking humanoid robot

P2, which debuted in 1996, was the second robot in Honda’s fourth generation of robots and the world’s first self-regulating, two-legged humanoid walking robot.

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P3 (1997) was 5'2", 286 pounds; Honda shrunk ASIMO to be less intimidating

P3, completed in September 1997, was the first completely independent, two-legged humanoid walking robot. P3 stood 5’2” tall and weighed 286 pounds (130 kilograms).

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