working humanoid robot

robotIndustrial Technology Research Institute, an independent corporation on November 26, 1998 from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry was conducted in five-year plan are “co-coordinated research and development of human-robot system (HRP: Humanoid Robotics Project)” announced the final results and was released to the press. Continue reading

Takes Humanoid Robotics

robotWhen parents give birth to a child, it would seem pretty ridiculous to expect that baby to immediately live and function as well as an adult. Yet our pursuit of humanoid robots does almost exactly that. We create automatons and try to train them to play and work like adults. As recently featured in Nature, the RobotCub project is rethinking that approach with iCub, a robot toddler. Funded by the European Continue reading

Trilobot Mobile Robot

The Trilobot mobile robot combines the latest in microcontroller and sensor technology with a strong, lightweight frame to create an affordable, rugged platform. Perfect for research in artificial intelligence, artificial life, autonomous navigation, robotics technology, and even maze competition. High-level commands can be sent to the Trilobot’s on-board controller from a PC using a serial (RS-232) interface. The user can place a laptop computer on the upper deck of the robot or communicate via wireless data links. The user can then control the Trilobot using any terminal program or by using popular programming languages such as C, BASIC or Pascal. Controllers can be daisy chained together for unlimited expansion capability. The simple two-letter command structure makes programming quick and efficient. Continue reading

Asimo, Honda’s robot humanoid Brain

robot-asimo-honda02-300x225There are different kinds of robots, including humanoids which are for instance those who left us watching the movie “Robocop” or to deliver a more everyday example, the robot Asimo from Honda. As can be seen in the first graph of this article, the Asimo was changing as the technology of artificial intelligence was giving way to the opportunity to improve the conditions under which these machines could perform both basic functions like walking, lifting hands, moving his head, etc., up to complete much more complex operations such as jumping, walking, and say a few words.

The robot Asimo from Honda, which stands for A dvanced S tep in I nnovate Mo bility, has among its main features being built entirely in a way that can bend and do all the typical movements of human beings, through their embedding within overall system of a computer-brain which is controlled by remote control. This device also controls the charging party robot, so you can have more time for action without a massive waste of energy used for mobilization of the humanoid, thereby allowing an action which is much more controlled.

Asimo from Honda can walk at a speed of 3 km / h run twice, almost imitating the movements of a child who is just starting to take its first steps. The integrated system coordination Asimo similarly lets do simple tasks with their mechanical arms such as carrying trays to use small items like keys and even bend some things to organize them. To make a little reference to mobility, Asimo is also able to rotate, completing laps around its axis which is located in the ring.

A battery pack is charged to provide fuel for this likeable character, he’s an increasing feeling that occurs in public. The advantages that can provide the robot Asimo in the future are quite striking, for example, widespread service customer service in all types of organizations as being observed, the possibility of being used in rescue maneuvers, no doubt a valuable toy teaching in many kindergartens, as “virtual teacher” for new models of education and why not, the study of motion in bodies.

The design of robots is not just about technology

The man-machine interface may be hampered by clich├ęs that convey particular films. Engineers study the perception of robots to optimize the creation of future humanoid.

Help engineers to design robots that correspond to the end user. It is the goal pursued by the robotics Bill Smart and literature researcher Lara Bovilsky, both teachers at Washington University in St. Louis. They presented a workshop on how fictional robots are perceived by many in the RO-MAN conference 2008 held in Munich. The image of robots that carry into effect such films as Terminator or Matrix hinders the massive development of robots and especially the quality of interaction between man and machine. “Most people have never seen a robot of their lives. The only experience they have comes from movies or books,” said Bill Smart in New Scientist. This affects how they react to real robots. “People have a preconceived idea of how a humanoid should behave. If this is not the case, they may be confused.” Continue reading

The history of ASIMO humanoid robot

Asimo presentation in Paris 2002
Following a research program initiated in 1986 with the P-0 prototype, Honda presented in 2000 -just in time for the 21st century- the Asimo humanoid robot.
Honda’s ambitions on robotics are multiple : in a country where the population grows older year by year, the problem of assisting older people in their everyday life will become more and more accurate. Robots are thought of by many as one of the ways of solving this problem. Yet the technology still has lots to prove before accessing that kind of uses…
In what sounds more like a marketting baseline, Honda mentions “the power of dreams” as one of the reasons for the existence of the Humanoid Robot project. By that we should understand : creating humanoid robots has long been a dream , and making dreams come true is Honda’s moto.
Then again, Honda also states that robots will become an important part of our life within the new century; and they will thus represent a significant market, of which Honda intends to take it’s share.

After 14 years of developments, mostly focused on the dynamics of a robotic humanoid body, Asimo is the first humanoid robot to be actually available on the market (rental only, and at a tremendeous cost too). It is said that IBM, in Japan, uses an Asimo as a host in an IBM plant lobby.

So what’s the big deal with humanoid robots?

As i’ve mentionned, humanoids robots are intended to share humans life. It is thus important for them to be able to evolve in an everyday human environment. Imagine a robot that should “live” in an appartement. If it was equiped with wheels, it would be basically able to wander around, but only until it would meet stairs or steps. Take it out of the appartement, and the same limitations would apply in an urban environment. As a matter of fact, humans have legs, and their environment is designed accordingly. This is why a robot with legs seems more adapted to sharing lifespace with humans.
The same thoughts apply to the upper structure of the robot. If you want your robot to be able to actually walk around in your appartment, it should be able to open doors. You would then have a choice : adapt your entire appartment to make your robot able to open adapted doors by the use of a specific system; or include in your robot design some kind of device that would deal with common doors. If you do that, you may want to also equip your robot with devices that could take/move/transport objects. Also, it could be useful that your robot would be able to push buttons. Again, the human environment is adapted to human bodies, and human have arms and hands. So should your robot too.

Click here to view Asimo walking down a stair (2.66Mo AVI video)

Another important issue about designing a humanoid robot is the social interactions with humans. Many research projects around the world focus on that question : what will make a robot socially acceptable in a human surrounding?
Some projects, like Sony’s world famous Aibo robot dog and Asimo use the following approach : it is important not to disguise Artificial Intelligence into what it is not. It is thus important to give the robot an external appearance that would fit it’s actual potential. In human interactions, people usually expect different kind of response from different kind of interactors. Interacting with the surrounding world, one will not expect the same kind of response from a dog, a business man in suit, a vending machine or a child. The robot has the potential ability to adopt any of those outfits. In order to have the robot accepted in the everyday life of a human, the robot design should be carefully designed accordingly to it’s actual potential, it’s goal and it’s environment.

Asimo is not a toy, and it is not an actual human. It’s body is the size of a small adult and it’s appearance is sober and soft, yet functionnal. It’s “face” is both robotic (as the helmet suggests) and familiar, with the symbolics of the big round eyes suggesting that the robot is like a child that has to learn it’s environment.

If the first version of Asimo was basically a smaller-sized version of the earlier P-2 and P-3 robots; Honda now focus on breathing artificial intelligence into the newer versions.
The first evolution is the “i-Walk” technology. Whereas it used to be remote-controlled, Asimo’s walking technology is now able of anticipating the robot’s next moves, thus controlling the walking systems in a much more “natural” way. AI systems also include image and voice recognition (asimo is able to turn to someone who speaks to it, and recognize the person. It will also recognize certain gestures). Asimo will obei to several orders : ordering “come here” while pointing to a location will make Asimo move to the designated location and turn to the person who ordered it.

The way ASIMO works

Introduction to How ASIMO Works

Want a robot to cook your dinner, do your homework, clean your house, or get your groceries? Robots already do a lot of the jobs that we humans don’t want to do, can’t do, or simply can’t do as well as our robotic counterparts. In factories around the world, disembodied robot arms assemble cars, delicately place candies into their boxes, and do all sorts of tedious jobs. There are even a handful of robots on the market whose sole job is to vacuum the floor or mow your lawn. ASIMO Image Gallery The ASIMO Robot Photo courtesy Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda’s ASIMO robot. See more ASIMO images. Many of us grew up watching robots on TV and in the movies: There was Rosie, the Jetsons’ robot housekeeper; Data, the android crewmember on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”; and of course, C3PO from “Star Wars.” The robots being created today aren’t quite in the realm of Data or C3PO, but there have been some amazing advances in their technology. Honda engineers have been busy creating the ASIMO robot for more than 20 years. In this article, we’ll find out what makes ASIMO the most advanced humanoid robot to date. Can’t be Too Careful It has been reported that because ASIMO’s walk is so eerily human-like, Honda engineers felt compelled to visit the Vatican just to make sure it was okay to build a machine that was so much like a human. (The Vatican thought it was okay.) The Honda Motor Company developed ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, and is the most advanced humanoid robot in the world. According to the ASIMO Web site, ASIMO is the first humanoid robot in the world that can walk independently and climb stairs. In addition to ASIMO’s ability to walk like we do, it can also understand preprogrammed gestures and spoken commands, recognize voices and faces and interface with IC Communication cards. ASIMO has arms and hands so it can do things like turn on light switches, open doors, carry objects, and push carts. Rather than building a robot that would be another toy, Honda wanted to create a robot that would be a helper for people — a robot to help around the house, help the elderly, or help someone confined to a wheelchair or bed. ASIMO is 4 feet 3 inches (1.3 meters) high, which is just the right height to look eye to eye with someone seated in a chair. This allows ASIMO to do the jobs it was created to do without being too big and menacing. Often referred to as looking like a “kid wearing a spacesuit,” ASIMO’s friendly appearance and nonthreatening size work well for the purposes Honda had in mind when creating it.

Asimo Latest Upgrade

Asimo today
Multiple cooperative and continuous service to provide the necessary intelligence to develop new technology. This technology allows multiple people and the environment is ASIMO, a series of multiple ASIMO can provide services to enable the coexistence of humans and the environment are a steppractical use.
ASIMO is depending on the movement of people step back and to let people, or just, including the movement of technology, intelligence, to receive instructions for carrying the tray and push trolleys to the work of intelligence and technology, To develop Moreover, ASIMO get low battery charge and the automatic also features the development.
ASIMO several of these functions, depending on the situation of working to divide the unity that is charging more to provide the service, such as ASIMO, ASIMO cooperation with each other and continuously work to achieve a comprehensive system. . Continue reading