Typically here on Slashgear we cover slightly smaller mods, computers and game consoles are extremely typical. This slightly larger mod, appears to be a perfectly normal bike. Actually if there weren't a wheelchair sitting next to it, I wouldn't have known there was the slightest difference between it and other bikes.
We've seen exoskeleton suits designed to grant their wearers super-human strength, but they tend to look somewhat obvious. Fine if you're an attention-seeking superhero, but less of a selling point if you're an elderly person with mobility problems. Honda have thankfully come to the rescue, though, with their 'Walking Assist Device'; worn as a straightforward belt with thigh straps, the 2.8kg unit promises to lengthen a user's natural stride by supplementing their own muscle power.
Well, you all saw the recent fall of Honda's ASIMO robot and you thought it was over; not so. I came across an older video of ASIMO and this time he made it up the stairs but didn't quite make it downstairs in one piece. Honda's Humanoid Robot is currently an overprice piece of machinery and technology that continues to make the audiences laugh. ASIMO's job is to make us smile and ponder Honda's greatness but it fails again in the featured video. The Humanoid cost an estimated $1 million to manufacture in addition to thousands more for maintenance. Lets not forget the repair cost when ASIMO trips over thick-air, which doesn't exist.
ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, has an excellent track record versus the competition, but as technology progresses it seems to fall more and more. Honda boasts that ASIMO is a "glimpse into the future", which sorta makes sense when you consider people will eventually fall and slip on ice or something they didn't notice. We're just following in ASIMO's footsteps.
Consider this a SlashGear public service announcement if you will. Robots, no matter how adept they consider themselves, should always look where they're going when climbing stairs. Witness this embarrassing fall by Honda's lauded Asimo, which ironically happened while he was boasting about the in-feet sensors that allow him to balance.
Thankfully the Honda nurses were quick with the screens, as the crumpled humanoid lay twitching gently on the floor still chunnering about his ability to strut with the best of them. Perhaps it's time for Asimo to check into rehab? We can only assume that he's on so many drugs that he doesn't even realise he's fallen. Rumours that as the stricken robot was stretchered back to the workshop he was heard deliriously muttering "I'm still a star!" are so far unconfirmed.
Honda test-drove its FCX Concept next generation fuel cell vehicle in Tokyo this past weekend. The V Flow1 fuel cell system proves high efficiency in a compact, high-draining vertical-flow design. Honda says it will be in general release in 2008. See the nice video here.