Honda's Asimo Robot Gets a Little Bit Better, a Whole Lot Creepier

It's been almost 15 years since Honda first introduced Asimo, the company's attempt to create a humanoid robot that can walk and perform other human-like tasks. But Asimo's most recent upgrade introduces something unsettling: a pair of dead black eyes and a permanent smirk that leaves the bot looking more like an… » 7/16/14 9:31am 7/16/14 9:31am

Watch President Obama Play Soccer With Honda's Robot

We all know Vice President Joe Biden is America's chief car guy, but his boss can get down with car companies just fine too. He's just more into their robots, it seems. » 4/24/14 9:50am 4/24/14 9:50am

The Biggest Thing At The New York Auto Show Was Not A Car

The easiest way to determine "hype," whatever that is, for a product is to measure the size of its media scrum. New Mustang? Meh. How about a Mercedes? Borrrrring. But Honda just enthralled everybody with a 14-year old robot. » 4/19/14 12:00pm 4/19/14 12:00pm

Watch The Stig Refuse To Engage Honda's Asimo Robot In A Dance-Off

Unless you're some kind of combination astronaut/coke dealer/CIA agent, your job is nowhere near as cool as the Stig's. Top Gear's tame racing driver gets to test all sorts of cars and never has to talk to his co-workers. What gig could be better than that? » 5/28/13 12:45pm 5/28/13 12:45pm

New autonomous Honda Asimo next step in rise of machines

New updates to Honda's robot Asimo allow it to now move without the assistance of a human operator, travel over uneven surfaces, and better recognize voices and faces. Now Asimo not only can find us no matter where we hide and hunt us down over even the roughest of terrain, but it also can't be turned off. Thanks… » 11/08/11 3:00pm 11/08/11 3:00pm

Chrysler Releases ASIMO Competitor 20 Years Too Late

"Maximum" Bob Lutz's glowing orange "tan" was not the creepiest part of the Detroit Auto Show. It's this tiny "robot" with a tiny person (we hope) inside. Either they're an escaped Chinese political prisoner or the Chrysler version of ASIMO. » 1/11/10 12:50pm 1/11/10 12:50pm

Honda Asimo Turns Nine, Parties Like A Robot

This is one case where we can't improve on the caption: "Ketch and Hiro-pon, members of the Japanese pantomime group Gamarjobat, take part in a promotional ninth birthday party for Japanese auto giant Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo." » 11/02/09 9:30am 11/02/09 9:30am

Honda To Attack Rose Bowl Parade With 49-Foot-Tall ASIMO Robot

Honda plans to take over the world, starting with the Rose Bowl parade. Their tool of destruction? A five story tall ASIMO robot. We for one, welcome our new robotic vanilla overlords. » 12/23/08 9:30am 12/23/08 9:30am

Honda Asimo Does Detroit: Bigger, Longer And More Uncut

Our gadget-obsessed brothers at Gizmodo got us the scoop yesterday on Honda's Asimo taking a run at the job of conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra two nights ago. Little did we know Jalopnik friend of friends Fabrizio Costantini (check out his site — the man's a genius with a camera) was in charge of… » 5/15/08 7:26pm 5/15/08 7:26pm

Video of Honda's Transforming Rose Bowl Parade Float in Action,…

Remember the transforming Honda Ridgeline parade float for the Tournament of Roses parade we showed you last week? Yeah — you remember, the one piloted by Asimo the amazing super-robot from the number two super best awesome automaker from the land of the rising sun? Well, one of us actually woke up early enough… » 1/02/08 5:30am 1/02/08 5:30am

Robot Can't Bail: Asimo Doesn't Fall Down, Does a Little Dance, Makes a…

Our techtastic siblings over at Gizmodo posted this video of the new, improved and non-faceplanting version of Honda's Asimo robot trying out for a spot on the LA Galaxy squad, auditioning for an O-Town backup-dancer position and proving that he really can climb stairs. No word on whether jogging helps him keep his… » 1/12/07 8:30pm 1/12/07 8:30pm

Robot Down: The Untold Story Of Honda Asimo's First Fall

Oh no...not again! It really is creepy how lifelike they look, even when they're falling — but the folks at Honda certainly learned after this, the first stumble of the Asimo tumble-bot, the importance of having a good screen nearby. » 12/13/06 6:37am 12/13/06 6:37am

Oy, Robot: Asimo Down! Asimo Down!

After a mishap during a product demonstration in Japan, Honda reps spring into action, shielding their fallen robot comrade from view as they assess his injuries. Just prior, as Asimo hit the floor, smashing his space-helmet faceplate, he (he?) says something that sounds like "sleeping" and "accident." We distinctly… » 12/12/06 8:36am 12/12/06 8:36am

Robot, I'm Thinking of a Number: Honda Develops Robot Controlled by…

The newest ESP technology from Honda has not a thing to do with traction control. The company recently demonstrated a system through which brain signals can guide a robotic hand. Holy crap, you say? Yes, exactly. Developed with Japan's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, the system uses… » 6/02/06 9:00am 6/02/06 9:00am

Honda's Got a Brand New ASIMO

Just in time for the holidays, Honda debuted a new version of its ASIMO humanoid robot than can play the role of office lackey. The new version, the company says, can "pursue key tasks in a real-life environment, such as an office" and has a broader range of physical capabilities. It can sync up with people — walking… » 12/13/05 8:32am 12/13/05 8:32am