I always have a soft spot for Honda’s ASIMO – it is probably one of the most advanced “consumer” targeted robot. Honda keeps making improvements on ASIMO since it was introduce in the year 2000. The initial version, I recall; it was boxy, not flexible, slow, and was underpowered.
Fast forward today, Honda has reached a new milestone with the upgraded ASIMO; it is now capable of running at 9.0km/hour for 40 minutes continuously. The current revision allows the ASIMO to move smoother; making it looks more natural in tasks such as climbing the stairs and it is now capable of running backwards.
With better intellectual capability, it is also able to perform expression with sign language. ASIMO is now able to recognize multiple sources of human voices and halt its current action to accommodate the other party. Would you want an ASIMO in your home? I would!