Honda unveils smarter, faster ASIMO [VIDEO]

ASIMO 2011 Video

Honda has unveiled an upgrade of its robot ASIMO which it claims is the smartest and fastest yet.

The human-like robot can now move much quicker than the 2005 model and even handle difficult or uneven terrain. It can hop on one foot, pour a drink, and distinguish the voices of several people who are speaking simultaneously.

Not only that, the Japanese car manufacturer brags the all-new ASIMO has “the capability to generate autonomous behavior which enables the robot to make predictions from gathered information and autonomously determine the next behavior without being controlled by an operator.”

Some of the robot’s technology was used to develop a mechanical arm that can help out with cleanup operations at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which went into meltdown after the March tsunami.

Here’s a video of ASIMO 2011 in action: