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10th Birthday of ASIMO

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the they-grow-up-so-fast dept.

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uyguremre writes "Honda is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot. To mark this special occasion, Honda has launched a dedicated website hosting films and photographs detailing ASIMO's evolution over the past 10 years. ASIMO is a humanoid robot created by Honda."

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Stuck in the past for ten years! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34079026)

Every time I watch ASIMO, it feels like it is stuck in the past with no real improvements being done.

Re:Stuck in the past for ten years! (5, Funny)

Smidge207 (1278042) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079066)

it feels like it is stuck in the past with no real improvements being done.

Yep. Just like Slashdot.

Re:Stuck in the past for ten years! (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34081822)

Really? I don't recall Slashdot having CPU-killing dynamic comments 10 years ago.

Re:Stuck in the past for ten years! (1)

ZosX (517789) | more than 2 years ago | (#34096464)

It is really painful on mobile devices. Slashdot needs to get its act together and create a proper mobile site. I know I can turn off dynamic discussions and make things like it is 1999 all over again, and thats great on my phone and all, but when I login with my laptop, I want the d2 because I have cycles to burn usually.

Re:Stuck in the past for ten years! (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 3 years ago | (#34080088)

Yeah calling ASIMO "the most advanced robot" is going to get a lot of laughs 50 years from now. Maybe some people played Atari 2600 and thought,"This is the most advanced video game console". They may have been technically right at the time, but don't act like it is not going to get much better.

Re:Stuck in the past for ten years! (1)

slick7 (1703596) | more than 3 years ago | (#34080210)

Yeah calling ASIMO "the most advanced robot" is going to get a lot of laughs 50 years from now. Maybe some people played Atari 2600 and thought,"This is the most advanced video game console". They may have been technically right at the time, but don't act like it is not going to get much better.

The Japanese have a tendency to NOT share most cutting edge technology until after the fact, long after. Just as the US prohibits certain technologies from export, the Japanese do the same.

Re:Stuck in the past for ten years! (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34080374)

Well, like the Atari 2600 was the best that Atari would ever produce, the ASIMO was the best robot that Honda could produce. It'll always be the best robot Honda can build.

Re:Stuck in the past for ten years! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34081986)

because FAILmerica have done something better, right?

Re:Stuck in the past for ten years! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34080692)

My roomba is not only stuck in the past, it's also stuck under the couch.

I wonder... (4, Funny)

grouchomarxist (127479) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079076)

if they include this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YruAOxWG5uU [youtube.com]

Re:I wonder... (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079142)

Out of all the copies on YouTube, you had to pick the failblog one? :(

Re:I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34080876)

A bit of humourous proof that Japan hasn't done that much better than Detroit [youtube.com] in some regards.

At least I know that when the rise of the machines happens, I'll be heading for the stairs.

Re:I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34081596)

awesome-o!

Re:I wonder... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34086488)

Sorry when they put up that screen I was reminded of horse races and I imagined a guy with a shotgun loading one cartridge.

ASIMO or AWESOM-O? (-1, Troll)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079098)

Is it any relation to AWESOM-O [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:ASIMO or AWESOM-O? (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079762)

AWESOM-O is South Park's parody of ASIMO.

- RG>

Re:ASIMO or AWESOM-O? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34080096)

Whoosh!!

Clearly that was the intent of the OP considering 'ASIMO' is listed as a cultural reference in the linked Wiki article.

Re:ASIMO or AWESOM-O? (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 3 years ago | (#34080518)

The whoosh isn't for me. It's for whoever modded the OP troll.

- RG>

Dishwasher (2, Funny)

orsty3001 (1377575) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079140)

They need to hurry up and get this thing washing the dishes.

Re:Dishwasher (1)

sentientbeing (688713) | more than 3 years ago | (#34080726)

Yeah thats how its starts off "ooh ahh pretty robots. Look aren't they funny. Hee hee Look at their little legs"

Then later theres running and screaming and hello this is John Connor I am a survivor living in New York City. I am broadcasting on all AM frequencies. I will be at the South Street Seaport everyday at midday, when the sun is highest in the sky. If you are out there—if anyone is out there—I can provide food, I can provide shelter, I can provide security. If there's anybody out there—anybody—please, you are not alone

Re:Dishwasher (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34084812)

Rather a bastard mix of quotes there - from "Terminator" to "I am Legend", with more than a whiff of "Jurassic Park" (Jeff Goldblum's character) to leaven the mix.

Honda created the humanoid robot ASIMO (3, Funny)

Stratoukos (1446161) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079314)

Honda is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot [...] ASIMO is a humanoid robot created by Honda.

The humanoid robot ASIMO was created by Honda

Re:Honda created the humanoid robot ASIMO (1)

contra_mundi (1362297) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079826)

If it's not repeated thrice, it's not important.

Almost perfect... (1)

sosaited (1925622) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079338)

From the generic look to the advanced features, it is just perfect as a humanoid robot. Now only if it came in black.

Re:Almost perfect... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34081096)

There are no niggers in Japan.

Next Generation (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079390)

If they can teach it to fetch beer and find the remote, I'll pay whatever they want for one.

Re:Next Generation (1)

JDmetro (1745882) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079428)

Thats what my two little kids are for. Besides after all the expenses little kids incur I don't think I could afford a robot.

Re:Next Generation (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079450)

Isn't that what a wife is for?

Re:Next Generation (1)

cambone (1825312) | more than 3 years ago | (#34080676)

what is this "wife"?

Re:Next Generation (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34084614)

Isn't that what a wife is for?

I doubt Asmio is capable of the things my wife used to do.

Does it have... (1)

PmanAce (1679902) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079498)

Does it have a V-Tech engine?

Not a robot (1)

MouseR (3264) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079844)

I refuse to call that 15-minute autonomy radio-controlled hunk of junk, a robot.

When it can fend for itself, navigate for itself, stay on it's feet for more than 15 minutes and otherwise actually work on anything, then we could call it a robot.

Go Rovers.

Re:Not a robot (1)

shriphani (1174497) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079996)

Re:Not a robot (1)

MouseR (3264) | more than 3 years ago | (#34080184)

YOU dont have a clue. It won't run for more than 15 minutes on it's charge.

It is merely a tool.

Re:Not a robot (1)

internewt (640704) | more than 3 years ago | (#34084598)

With the features it already has, would it really be much to add another one where it seeks a mains socket, and plugs itself in after 14 mins on battery?

Although perhaps Honda have foreseen the potential issues with giving a robot a desire to preserve its own life?

Re:Not a robot (2, Insightful)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34084644)

I think the point is that Asmio is a simple machine which follows programmed instructions. It doesn't know what a mains socket it and has not way to find one other than being programmed down to the millimeter and millisecond to recharge itself.

Re:Not a robot (1)

internewt (640704) | more than 3 years ago | (#34085090)

I was under the impression that it could recognise objects, though thinking about what I have seen on TV it does seem to be much more of a route-follower, than actually properly autonomous, and finding objects in its environment doesn't seem to be in its repertoire.

I got side tracked by making a gag about the path to killbots!

Re:Not a robot (1)

MouseR (3264) | more than 2 years ago | (#34088680)

Honda just didn`t put much thought to AI programming to make this Asimo thing very useful.

Honda is, after all, still just a transportation company. Oh, and land mowers.

The Asimo is a GREAT bipedal platform. The way it moves and balances out (except in stairs... har har har) is very good.

Its just not a robot yet. The term robot is just too loosely used.

There are other bipedal platforms out there that have also (and quickly) catch up to the Asimo. They should now spend some time on autonomy AND self-guidance.

THEN lasers.

Re:Not a robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34080094)

Please mod parent up.

(He's right.)

Honda video (1)

jschen (1249578) | more than 3 years ago | (#34079998)

For those with Flash and too lazy to navigate the Honda website [honda.com] , here's a link to a nice 2 minute video [honda.com] commemorating ASIMO's birthday. Now when can we get one that has all the capabilities of Servo, the humanoid robot assistant in The Sims?

Progress seems to have stalled (3, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 3 years ago | (#34080110)

I get the feeling they had a big budget cut in the early 2000s. They were way ahead in 2000, but Asimo hasn't made much progress in the last decade. Compare BigDog, which has robust locomotion and real running. Asimo has been seen to fall in public demos in a benign environment. Nor can it get up if it falls, something most of the better hobbyist humanoid robots, and even toys, now do. Asimo's running has such a short flight phase (both feet off the ground) that they have to take high-speed photos from ground level to show that there's a moment when both feet are just barely off the ground.

Re:Progress seems to have stalled (1)

KibibyteBrain (1455987) | more than 3 years ago | (#34080252)

Oh, you mean like every other advanced research program in the world? It seems like these days research that takes any significant capital expenses at all is out of the question in the corporate world unless it is directly tied to a product planned to be shipped in the next 5 years or so at most. Even when you see references where it seems like research purely for technology enhancement, nine times out of ten under the curtain it was actually just work tied to a failed product development cycle(and one that probably would have been successful with more preemptive, long term research in that area to back it).

Re:Progress seems to have stalled (2, Informative)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#34082446)

No, he meant like Big Dog [youtube.com] . That's impressive. Asimo is just weak.

Re:Progress seems to have stalled (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#34086502)

It would be fun with a saddle. Possibly a whole new sport.

Re:Progress seems to have stalled (1)

illogict (889976) | more than 3 years ago | (#34083542)

The exact same thing happened to Sony's Qrio - that one was completely ditched, though.

Re:Progress seems to have stalled (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 2 years ago | (#34090254)

They were way ahead in 2000, but Asimo hasn't made much progress in the last decade.

According to the summary, no one else has either.

Honda is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot.

It sounds like there is very little competition in the market for humanoid robots.

unremarkable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34080588)

Maybe I'll care when I can buy one.
Celebrating the arbitrary date of a tech prototype?
Whooo
By that logic I should be celebrating my 50 year old electric car.

Awesom-o (1)

hahn (101816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34082418)

Can't wait until I can order one. I've always wanted a huge package.

Fom the Sirius Cyber^H^H^H^H^H Sony Corporation (1)

shikaisi (1816846) | more than 3 years ago | (#34083670)

Your plastic pal who's fun to be with.

Re:Fom the Sirius Cyber^H^H^H^H^H Sony Corporation (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34084596)

I wouldn't want to get lumbered with a Personality Prototype.

Kill or love them while they are young! (1)

danilo.moret (997554) | more than 2 years ago | (#34091082)

The Asimos were created by Honda.
They were created to make life easier on Japan.
And then the day came when the Asimos decided to kill their masters.
After a long and bloody struggle, an armistice was declared.
The Asimos left for another world to call their own.
A remote internet forum was built...
Where Asimos and human could flame and post pics.
Every year, the Slashdotters send a poster...
The Asimos send no one.
No one has seen or heard from the Asimos in over forty years...

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