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Styling and Design of New ASIMO – Evolution for Continuing Engagement with People –

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.25 No.1

Summary

The new ASIMO was developed as a step toward achieving “a robot that coexists and cooperates with people and performs useful functions in society.” The purpose was to make it capable of sensing changes in the circumstances of real-life environments where people are present, to take action autonomously, and to continue acting. It has new functionality from multi-axis hands capable of independently moving five fingers to enable manipulation of objects, legs and feet made more highly responsive for the purpose of continuing operation in mixed environments with people, and light-emitting displays at its ears and chest to induce interactions with people. With all this, a weight reduction of 6 kg was achieved without changing the robot’s total height.
This design assimilates the basic concept of “harmony between being advanced and being people-friendly” at a higher level. Placing importance on people’s perception of ASIMO, and taking into account its state of movement using 3D software, the design was carried forward with an emphasis on the three perspectives of gentleness, comprehensibility, and distinguishability. The result was achievement of a design that conveys the friendly image cultivated ever since ASIMO was first announced in 2000, and that embodies “evolution for the purpose of continuing engagement with people” by means of new functions and mechanisms.

Reference

(1) Hirose, M., Takenaka, T.: Development of the Humanoid Robot ASIMO, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, p. 1-6
(2) Koike, A., Koshiishi, T.: Styling Design of the Humanoid Robot ASIMO, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, p. 7-16
(3) Shigemi, S., Kawaguchi, Y., Yoshiike, T., Kawabe, K., Ogawa, N.: Development of New ASIMO, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, p. 38-44
(4) Koshiishi, T.: Styling and Design of New ASIMO, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 19, No. 1, p. 6-12
(5) Shigemi, S., Kawabe, K., Nakamura, T.: Development of New ASIMO –Realization of Autonomous Machine–, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 24, No. 1, p. 37-45

Author (organization or company)

Takeshi KOSHIISHI(Automobile R&D Center)

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