Robot lovers of the world, please mourn for an icon. For ASIMO, Honda's four-foot-high pathfinder, it's on its way out.
The Japanese conglomerate said on Thursday that it is still developing bipedal robots, but they will no longer use the name ASIMO – an acronym for "Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility." ASIMO technology would be redirected to other products.
According to Kyodo News, Honda's future robots will be adapted to tasks such as caring. Turning to the turn of the century, ASIMO was more of an early-stage robot used to greet people at events.
The ASIMO robot, which first demonstrated human-like walking and balancing abilities, was last added to the system in 201
Currently, the next point of comparison with ASIMO is likely to be SoftBanks Pepper, which greets merchants in shopping malls, airports and banks.
Meanwhile, companies like Boston Dynamics-which SoftBank bought from Google last year-are developing robots that can open doors, make backflips, and carry heavy loads. The big applications there are most likely in the military and factories.
Earlier this year, it was also reported that Amazon was working on home robots of some sort, though it remains unclear what that type of device would be. 19659008]