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ASIMO goes autonomous: Honda robot divorces operator

ASIMO goes autonomous: Honda robot divorces operator

Honda's ASIMO robot has been given a new round of upgrades, slimming down and gaining the ability to autonomously monitor and interact with its environment, out of the control of a human operator. Advanced balancing - including quick reactions when ASIMO senses it's falling - together with an array of sensors that track physical objects and moving people, and predictive response algorithms that can independently decide on the next course of action all come together and shift the robot another step closer to integrating into a public environment.

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Honda recalls 2.5m cars over auto bearing bust-up

Honda recalls 2.5m cars over auto bearing bust-up

Honda has been forced to recall several of the models in its range, including the 2005-2010 Accord, across US, China and elsewhere after issues with the automatic transmission that could see the engine cut out unexpectedly. Although Honda says neither injuries nor deaths have been caused by the issue, it will nonetheless be forced to bring 2.49m vehicles in and reprogram the transmission control module so as to be more gentle with the gears.

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Honda U3-X auto-balancing unicycle gets video demo

Honda U3-X auto-balancing unicycle gets video demo

Honda's U3-X "personal mobility device" didn't really stand out among the Segway-inspired clones last year, but having seen the self-balancing unicycle at work I'm all of a sudden rattling my piggy-bank.  CrunchGear spent some time with the Honda prototypes, and the biggest surprise in their video is how easily the U3-X glides sideways instead of just forward/backward motion.

Video demo after the cut

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Honda Bicycle Simulator injects road-safety fun into gaming

Honda Bicycle Simulator injects road-safety fun into gaming

Honda's slightly bizarre attitude toward personal mobility has given us an hybrid car, an exoskeleton to strap your granny into and a gyroscope-packed Segway-alternative; however if you'd rather stay indoors, then their latest simulator might do the trick.  The Honda Bicycle Simulator is intended to allow would-be cyclists to "safely experiencing the possible risks bicycle riders may face" in the hope that they then don't end up under a juggernaut.

Honda nanotech has potential for new class of electronics

Honda nanotech has potential for new class of electronics

I grew up at the dawn of the consumer electronics age. I remember the first cell phone my dad owned, it was a huge device compared to what we have today. I also remember playing Pong with my dad at a young age. Looking back at the gadgets and electronics we had when I was a kid compared to what we have today, the changes are staggering. I often wonder what the gadgets and electronics my kids take for granted in 20 years will look like. A new nanotech development from Honda may shed some light on what things will be like in 20 years.

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