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Honda Humanoid Robots Development
Masato Hirose and Kenichi Ogawa
Philosophical Transactions: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Vol. 365, No. 1850, Walking Machines (Jan. 15, 2007), pp. 11-19
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25190425
Page Count: 9
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Honda has been doing research on robotics since 1986 with a focus upon bipedal walking technology. The research started with straight and static walking of the first prototype two-legged robot. Now, the continuous transition from walking in a straight line to making a turn has been achieved with the latest humanoid robot ASIMO. ASIMO is the most advanced robot of Honda so far in the mechanism and the control system. ASIMO's configuration allows it to operate freely in the human living space. It could be of practical help to humans with its ability of five-finger arms as well as its walking function. The target of further development of ASIMO is to develop a robot to improve life in human society. Much development work will be continued both mechanically and electronically, staying true to Honda's 'challenging spirit'.
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