12 Days of Christmas – Day 6. Asimo

Asimo Humanoid Robot by Honda

Asimo by kerolic, Flickr

This eerily life-like humanoid robot, which appeared dancing with comedienne Jo Brand on a recent episode of QI, has been in development by Honda since the year 2000. In its current incarnation it is able to run at speeds of up to 9km/hr and can also recognise faces, respond to simply verbal commands and climb stairs. Asimo was originally designed to assist people with reduced mobility, and also encourage young people to study technology-related subjects; other humanoid robots have also been used to engage with autistic children, suggesting that this technology has a lot of potentially valuable applications in the future.

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