Honda denies nuclear mission for ASIMO robot

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    TumbleDry

    ASIMO is an autonomous robot. Can't walk through debris, limited power and many other things. When we talk about robots on disaster site, we mean remotely controlled robots.

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    gaijinfo

    Can this robot do anything other than wave at people and look cute?

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    Badsey

    Kids and Adults would be heart-broken if ASIMO would succumb to radiation poisoning/cancer and die in a hospital. =Much better Tepco job for the unemployed who cannot be traced easily.

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    anglootaku

    I think it would be beneficial if he was sent out to the frontlines of disaster areas, American robots apparently did

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    Al Stewart

    They should jump on it. It would be awesome. And if it was effective, then companies around the world would try to buy one. And then we would start the irobot age

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    wanderlust

    Anyone who has had any contact with Asimo knows that it requires a large number of technicians and a specially prepared smooth floor for its media performances in front of bankers and easily-impressed corporate audiences. It would be no use in a relatively hostile environment with stairs and narrow passageways cluttered with debris...

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    It"S ME

    Wanderlust got it right.

    Asimo is an extension of the P2 & P3 programs. They are still adding new functions every year with upgrades. You can only lease Asimo and it takes extensive training and setup to program him for a demo, etc.

    Yes, he was the first two-legged robot to achieve true running skills, etc. But the power drains fast and it won't run past 30 min. Plus, remote control functions are very basic.

    He set new standards in robotics but is NOT designed as a work robot.

    My company had one to give demoes and tours of our facilities.

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    sillygirl

    why would they develop something really useful in safety japan? everything is for show.

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    BessonovYan

    @It"S MEAug. 14, 2011 - 11:58AM JST

    I'm sure that ASIMO development only for office. If i rigth understand ASIMO not baced on radiation safe components also thermo safe and others... But it can be tested on Fukushima. May be it can use for view area and diagnose sounds.

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    It"S ME

    Guess, the guy/gal who thumped me down never met an Asimo in real life.

    They are fun and work well if everything goes smooth, but still need sensors in the floor, etc. Even when we did demos/presentations there were 3 people controlling it as it can't respond to anything unexpected(hence humans are needed).

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