|Car-maker Honda's humanoid robot Asimo has just got faster and smarter. |
The Japanese firm is a leader in developing two-legged robots and the new, improved Asimo (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) can now run, find his way around obstacles as well as interact with people.
The "run" he is now capable of is perhaps not quite up to Olympic star Kelly Holmes' standard. At 3km/h, it is closer to a leisurely jog.
Its makers claim that it is almost four times as fast as Sony's Qrio, which became the first robot to run last year.
The criteria for running robots is defined by engineers as having both feet off the ground between strides.
Asimo has improved in other ways too, increasing his walking speed, from 1.6km/h to 2.5km, growing 10cm to 130cm and putting on 2kg in weight.