The most difficult type of robot to design and build is a humanoid or android (unless you use very large feet). The Honda Motor Company in Japan started research on biped (two footed) walking in 1986 producing the famous prototypes P1, P2, P3 and now Asimo. The latest, July 2005, Asimo (so far only seen in Japan) can run, momentarily lifting both feet off the ground on each step. Honda are continuing their research and consider that in 15 to 20 years time they will have added sufficient intelligence to the robot to enable it to learn from its environment. Continue reading
The latest robot Hitachi, EMIEW2 is intelligent enough to differentiate between three human voices simultaneously through 14 microphones embedded in his head that provide voice recognition capabilities. To this end, the voice recognition is a separate audio source and recognition profile noise. The first focuses on the direction of the person speaking, allowing the EMIEW2 to know who he speaks with a distance of 2 meters, ignoring all other noises. The EMIEW2 is 80cm high and it is suitable for the job of receptionist:). It moves through a wheel after each leg, and he can climb stairs.