Wednesday, November 9, 2011


All-new ASIMO

The all-new ASIMO is now advanced from an “automatic machine” to an “autonomous machine” with the decision-making capability to determine its behavior in concert with its surroundings such as movements of people. At the beginning of the development process, the following three factors were identified as necessary for a robot to perform as an autonomous machine, and the technologies required to realize these capabilities were developed; 1) high-level postural balancing capability which enables the robot to maintain its posture by putting out its leg in an instant, 2) external recognition capability which enables the robot to integrate information, such as movements of people around it, from multiple sensors and estimate the changes that are taking place, and 3) the capability to generate autonomous behavior which enables the robot to make predictions from gathered information and autonomously determine the next behavior without being controlled by an operator. With these capabilities, the all-new ASIMO takes another step closer to practical use in an environment where it coexists with people.

Key specifications of the all-new ASIMO

1. Height
2. Weight
48kg (decreased 6kg from previous model)
3. Operating degrees of freedom
Total: 57 degrees of freedom (increase of 23 degrees of freedom from previous model)
4. Running speed
9km/hour (previous model: 6km/hour)

Key specifications of the task-performing robot arm

1. Length
1583mm (arm length)
2. Width
338mm (base)
3. Depth
391mm (base)
4. Weight
5. Operating degrees of freedom
10 degrees of freedom (including the end piece of the arm)

ASIMO (slow-mo footage) 


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