- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2007

THE HAGUE — When Honda presented the ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) robot during the Detroit Auto Show in 2003, the robot could walk but not run.

Two years ago, the second generation could walk forward and backwards, turn around, climb, descend stairs and step aside. It can also keep its balance on uneven surfaces and ramps.

Since the end of August, the all new 2007 ASIMO is onstage in Disneyland Resort in California. The humanoid robot has even more in-home applications than before.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the park, Honda opened its ASIMO Theatre in June 2005. It gives visitors a glimpse into the not-too-far future, when robots like ASIMO will assist humans in their homes.

Park guests can see ASIMO operate in a modern house by using its unique technological capabilities, which now also allows the robot to run nearly 4 miles per hour.

The 51-inch tall robot can also push a cart that weighs 22 pounds. Honda is constantly developing the robot in order to allow it to do work that’s dangerous for humans, such as extinguishing fires or clear up toxics. Even more important will be his social role when he gets the skills to help disabled people.

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