Honda’s robot is now faster, friendlier

CBC News article on Asimo, who can now move in step with a person and exchange objects with a human.These seemingly simple actions are possible because Asimo can recognize its environment, using visual sensors, a floor surface sensor, an ultrasonic sensor and an “optical communication function,” which enables the robot to identify the position of a person or object.

The robot can also hand a tray to a person or take it away, using the eye cameras in its head and the force sensors on its wrists, and push a cart without bumping into it or losing control, even when the cart veers off course.

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