Thursday, May 8, 2008

ASIMO to conduct a symphony orchestra

Honda's amazing 51-inch tall humanoid robot, ASIMO, is preparing to conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a performance of "Impossible Dream." Along with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the mechanical marvel will open a special concert performance for young people in Detroit on May 13. Honda says ASIMO's size was designed to help it operate comfortably within human living spaces, and to make it "people-friendly." At 51 inches tall, it can operate light switches and door knobs, and work at tables and other work surfaces. The height of its eyes matches that of a sitting adult, making it easy to communicate with. ASIMO — whose name stands for "Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility" — to eventually be put to work assisting the elderly and disabled in their homes. The robot's 34 degrees of freedom of motion help it to walk and perform many tasks in a human-like manner. For example, ASIMO can run, walk, climb stairs, communicate, and recognize people's voices and faces.

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