Newest Version of ASIMO to Join the HondaJet at EAA AirVenture
7/23/2014 12:00:00 PM
Coming off its highly successful North American debut in April, the newest version of Honda's humanoid robot, ASIMO, will make its second U.S. appearance with daily demonstrations at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, July 28-August 3.
Honda will showcase two examples of its innovative technology and engineering prowess at AirVenture, as ASIMO joins the first production HondaJet at the seven-day aircraft festival held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
ASIMO will entertain crowds in the HondaJet display area, making three appearances during each day of the event. Demonstrations will take place in the Honda Aircraft Company tent at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, was first introduced 14 years ago. Since then, Honda engineers have continued making significant advances, including physical improvements in the lower body to enhance stability and balance control, allowing the robot to climb more smoothly, run faster and change directions in a more-controlled fashion.
Enhancements in the upper body include major increases in the degrees of freedom available in the robot's hands. Each hand now contains 13 degrees of freedom, which allows ASIMO to perform many more intricate and precise tasks.
"This is an exciting project for Honda," said Satoshi Shigemi, senior chief engineer of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., and the leader of Honda's humanoid robotics program. "Our engineers are working tirelessly to develop new technologies aimed at helping ASIMO work in a real world environment."
The innovative HondaJet will again make an appearance at the Experimental Aircraft Association's biggest event. Honda Aircraft Company is holding a special event on Monday, July 28 at 9:30 a.m. to commemorate the first production aircraft's public debut. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh attracts more than 10,000 aircraft and 300,000 visitors each year.
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