History of ASIMO Development
Newly Equipped with World-first Autonomous Behavior Control Technology
ASIMO becomes more autonomous, capable of continuous behavior without human operation. With a greatly enhanced situation adaptive capacity both intelligently and physically, ASIMO moves one step closer to practical use in crowded public spaces and
Multiple ASIMOs Can Continuously Provide Services in Environments with Multiple People and ASIMOs
Multiple networked ASIMOs can share each other’s task status, and by assigning tasks in the most efficient way, can operate together effectively. By calculating the distance from each ASIMO to the tasks’ location and considering battery charge, tasks are assigned to each ASIMO to autonomously perform, maximizing overall time efficiency.
Collaboration between multiple ASIMOs
More autonomous movement and task performance
Crossing paths and evasive movement
Multiple ASIMOs acting independently
Functions to pass an oncoming person
Functions to work in collaboration
Independent self-charging functions
Realizing a Humanoid Robot With Highly Integrated Intelligence and Physical Capabilities
Compared to previous versions, the 2005 ASIMO enhanced functions to operate with people, such as holding hands while walking, and carrying objects with a tray or cart. By developing a unified control system that operates these functions, ASIMO could autonomously conduct reception guidance and delivery services. With drastically improved physical capabilities, ASIMO could run at 6km/h and turn while running.
Improved communication capabilities
Improved environment recognition while moving
Full body coordination
Holding hands while walking
Carry objects using a tray
Prevention of spinning and slipping
Holding hands while walking
Aiming For New Mobility to Coexist and Operate With People
The 2004 ASIMO, aiming to become a new type of mobility that coexists and operates with people, was enhanced with technology allowing it to rapidly recognize real-life situations and quickly operate in response.
Continuous autonomous operation
Movement in sync with people
New ASIMO With Intelligence Technology Announced
The 2002 ASIMO was announced with intelligence technology capable of interpreting postures and gestures of humans and moving autonomously in response. Human interaction technology was extensively advanced to allow ASIMO to greet approaching people, follow people, move in the direction they indicate, and recognize their faces and address them by name. Utilizing the Internet and other networks, ASIMO could provide information while executing tasks such as reception duties.
Enhanced communication capabilities through recognition technology
ASIMO Announced for Rental Services
For use in ordinary living environments, ASIMO’s walking capabilities were further enhanced, and the system was simplified. ASIMO could navigate ordinary stairs and freely operate in environments with inclines, and specific tasks and guidance scripts suited to the user could be programmed.
Improved free movement technology and human interface
ASIMO Becomes Smaller and Lighter with More Advanced “i-WALK” Walking Technology
ASIMO is born in a size that is both capable of operating in a human living environment and is people-friendly, and realizes natural, smooth walking closer to how people walk. ASIMO’s arm movements have also been expanded, while operability is improved with a portable controller.
Further advanced walking technology
Expanded arm movement
Intelligent Real-Time Flexible Walking = i-WALK
The i-WALK technology features a predicted movement control added to the earlier walking control technology. This new two-legged walking technology permits more flexible walking. As a result, ASIMO now walks more smoothly and more naturally.
Prediction Movement Control
When human beings walk straight ahead and start to turn a corner, before commencing the turn they shift their center of gravity toward the inside of the turn. Thanks to i-WALK technology, ASIMO can predict its next movement in real time and shift its center of gravity in anticipation.
Continuous movement is possible without pauses.
Because continuous flexible walking is possible, ASIMO can move and walk rapidly and smoothly at all times.
In addition to changes in foot placement and turning, the stride (time per step) can be freely changed.
Robots up to the P3 turned according to combinations of stored walking patterns.
ASIMO creates walking patterns in real time and can change foot placement and turning angle at will. As a result, it can walk smoothly in many directions. In addition, because stride (time per step) can also be freely changed, ASIMO's movements are much more natural.