Ghouls and goblins weren’t the only ones partying yesterday—ASIMO, Honda’s humanoid robot, celebrated its 10th birthday. To mark the date, dedicated anniversary Web sites and films were launched, with new photos, videos, the story of the robot’s creation, and smartphone apps.
The application for iPhone and Android smartphones, “Run with ASIMO,” will be available soon and will feature ASIMO and other Honda robots as characters with which users can interact.
Honda’s research into humanoid robotics started almost a quarter of a century ago. Then, on October 31, 2000 ASIMO was created. Since its European unveiling at the Technical University of Darmstadt in June 2003, ASIMO has gained acclaim from engineers and scientists alike. ASIMO has also visited science museums around Europe, met royalty and heads of state, and has even visited the European Parliament.
ASIMO is part of Honda’s long-standing program of research and development into robotics and human mobility. The company’s goal is to develop a robot that will be able to help people in their everyday lives, both in and outside the home.
Honda is currently focusing its research on the development of intelligence as well as improving the understanding about the ideal interaction and relationship between people and humanoid robots. The ultimate goal of the Asimo project is to create a truly usable humanoid robot and continue the development of intelligent systems for use in other Honda products. The company is also a partner in numerous educational projects in Europe aimed at inspiring students to become more involved in science and engineering.