Locomotion capabilities: How does ASIMO walk? ASIMO walks by “prediction movement control,” that is, predicting the next move and shifting the center of gravity accordingly. ASIMO is very stable even when moving suddenly. Stored walking patterns for start/acceleration, steady speed, deceleration, stopping and turning are combined to achieve smooth walking. ASIMO turns smoothly without pausing. Walking patterns are generated independently in real time by ASIMO itself, and foot placement locations and turning are carried out by the robot while walking smoothly in any direction.
How fast can ASIMO walk? ASIMO’s walking speed is 1.7 mph (2.7km/hour), and can now run 3.7 mph (6km/hour).
Can ASIMO walk on slopes or walk backwards? Yes. ASIMO was designed to operate in a human environment. Currently, ASIMO can easily navigate a slope up to 30 degrees in maximum incline or decline and can also easily walk backwards.Can it walk up and down stairs? Yes, ASIMO is the world’s only humanoid robot that can ascend and 6 descend stairs independently. Running speed: 3.7 mph (6 km/hour; previous running prototype: approx. 2.0 mph or 3 km/hour) Airborne time: 0.08 second (previous model: 0.05 second)Distance feet move forward while airborne: 2 inches (50 mm; previous model: 1/4” or 6 mm)Normal walking speed: 1.7 mph (2.7km/hour; previous model: 2.5 km/hour)Operating time: 1 hour previous model: 30 minutes) Height: 4 feet 3 inches (130 cm;previous model: 4 feet or 120cm)Greater range of movement IC Communication card enhances recognition of people within its vicinity Improved posture control and balance allows more twisting, bending, and pushing New sensor technology allows continuous and in-sync movement.
Lifting/carrying capabilities: Posture Control technology enables ASIMO to proactively bend or twist its torso to maintain its balance and prevent foot slippage and spinning in the air while running. ASIMO can move objects using a cart by maintaining an appropriate distance from the cart making sure that its arms are not fully extended or its body is not touching the cart and can push the cart on the targeted course while maintaining good balance. Autonomous Continuous Movement technology allows ASIMO to maneuver toward its destination without stopping by comparing any deviation between the input map information and the information obtained about the surrounding area from its floor surface sensor. Enhanced visual sensor and force sensor technologies allow ASIMO to move in sync with people. ASIMO can give or receive an object, shake hands in concert with a person’s movement and step forward or backward in response to the direction its hand is pulled or pushed.
Sensing capabilities: How many cameras does ASIMO have? ASIMO is equipped with two cameras in its head. These camera “eyes” allow ASIMO and its operator to view the surrounding environment. These cameras can accurately judge distance from objects by using mathematical formulas and the stereoscopic nature of the cameras.
What powers ASIMO? ASIMO is powered by a 51.8v lithiumion (Li-ION) battery ASIMO can operate for approximately 1hour on a single battery. About 3 hours are required to completely recharge ASIMO’s battery. The battery can be recharged onboard ASIMO through a power connection, or the battery can be removed and charged externally. ASIMO’s battery weighs about 13 pounds (6 kg), and is located in its backpack.
How many motors are used in ASIMO?ASIMO is equipped with 34 separate servomotors.
Can ASIMO recognize people and obstacles? ASIMO utilizes IC Communications technology to recognize people within its vicinity. ASIMO can also independently map its environment using its camera “eyes” and register stationary obstacles. ASIMO can store this data in an onboard map of its environment, then recall this data while walking in order to avoid these obstacles. ASIMO can recognize moving pedestrians in its walking path and stop momentarily until these persons have cleared the robot’s path.