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Photos: Asimo learns new tricks

Honda's humanoid robot, Asimo, now can handle simple office tasks.
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Asimo serves drinks

Serving refreshments is one of the new tasks Honda's cutting-edge robot, Asimo, has learned during the past year. The company demonstrated the robot's new skills in a video released on Dec. 13, 2005.

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Asimo running

Asimo learned how to run in 2004. The new version of Honda's robot can run 3.7 miles per hour--twice as fast as last year's model.

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pushing a cart

Asimo, at 4.25 feet tall, can push a cart weighing 22 pounds.

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running, captured on high-speed camera

Asimo running, as captured on a high-speed camera.

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waving both hands

Dozens of servo motors help the robot execute complex motions smoothly.

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climbing stairs

Honda says that Asimo's ability to climb a set of stairs is the culmination of almost two decades of research and development.

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26 servomotors

Asimo uses 26 servo motors to balance on one foot.

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balance on one foot, kick soccer ball

Asimo can balance on one foot while kicking a soccer ball.

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Asimo at Disneyland

Asimo fans helped welcome the robot to Disneyland earlier in 2005.

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