I have to admit that – for the longest time – I was convinced that the name Asimo for a cute Japanese robot was related to the name of Isaac Asimov. Like Asimo[v].
It was a minor shock to me when I found that the name of Honda’s little robot is just an abbreviation for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility – a bit of an awkward name for such an important project.
Asimo was introduced in 2000 and was basically designed to be a multi-functional mobile assistant. One of the reasons for having this “assistant” is to help the aging Japanese population feel comfortable. According to Wikipedia, Japan is considered to have the highest proportion of elderly citizens, with over 33.0% of the Japanese population being above age 60.
Asimo has evolved a lot since the time when its first test prototype was introduced in 1986. If you are…
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