Honda Shows Off Improved Asimo Robot

Honda started development of Asimo back in 1986 under its Research & Development Wako Fundamental Technical Research Center in Japan. The name is an acronym for "Advanced Step in Innovative MObility"

The robot has a child-like behaviour which mimics the movement of a energetic boy, walking back and forth over the demonstration as if playing hide and seek.

The new Asimo has improved hands, allowing individual movement of each finger, which was proudly shown off as the humanoid opened a Thermos bottle and gracefully poured juice into a paper cup.

Honda said elements of technology developed for Asimo was used to develop a robotic arm in just six months with the intention of helping with the nuclear crisis in northeastern Japan.