Robots are working all over the world almost every day to make the lives of humans easier.  Since the advent of microprocessors and computers, the possibilities for Robots to improve our civilisation are that much more.


We already have robot factories churning out cars to a higher standard, than those produced in manned factories.  Simple domestic robots are finding their way onto the market to relieve us of tedious tasks.  This is sure to mean more complex robots will be designed and become cheaper, to in turn, free humans more and more from everyday chores.  Put this emerging technology together with renewable energy, such as solar cells, and the possibilities are endless.  Not only could the world rely on plentiful renewable energy, but we'd have more time to devote to other problem areas in our society.  We could build a higher society where food, energy, healthcare and transport are available to all.  


Accordingly, we should encourage our children to become the engineers of tomorrow, to build on current state of the art, to produce practical robotic solutions for our future.







1. Honda Motor Co  (Tokyo, Japan) has a new walking android called Asimo (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility).  This android is 1.2m tall (47.25"), 0.45m wide (18"), and 0.44m deep.  Asimo weighs 43 kg (95 lb.) and has 26 DOF.  Specs in Japanese are here and specs in English are here.  English version Asimo site. It has three pages of descriptions of the robot technology at page1, page2, and page3.  Asimo movies using a new media viewer from ViewpointA new version of Asimo is now available which understands human gestures and movements and which moves its head to follow the speaker.  It will rent for 20 Million Yen per year ($166,666) or $17,000 per day.


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2. Honda Motor Co    P3 - Humanoid robot:  P3 was finished in September of 1997.  This android is 160 cm tall (5'3") and weighs a mere 130Kg (=286 pounds).

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Here is an index of P3 events with lots of pictures.  Four events are listed: event1, event2, event3, event4.

Here are some MOVIES of the robot.

3. Honda Motor Co - P2 Humanoid

Honda built a battery powered android which can walk like a person and can even walk up and down stairs.  It looks like an astronaut in a spacesuit. It stands about six feet tall and it weighs about 460 pounds. Honda spent 10 years developing this android which was introduced in Tokyo, December 20, 1996. Honda has now revealed that they spent more than $100 MILLION (US) on that project..  This android is referred to internally as P2. Staff: unknown, project estimated to be at least 200 man years.

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4. Honda Motor Co. showed the original P1 android at Robodex 2000.  It is 1.915 meters tall and weighs 175 Kg. Here is a link to 100 pix from Robodex 2000.  Fortunately, you can understand a picture in any language. Honda aparently built 7 experimental walking robots BEFORE P1.  Here is a link to E0 - E6.

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    The original P1.

5. Fesco, the pneumatics experts, have built a huge android called Tron X.  This android stands about 2.8 m (9 feet) tall and weighs about 300 Kg (660 lbs).  It is operated by over 200 pneumatic cylinders of all different sizes. Aparently this android was built in Australia in 1997.  Perhaps the current model is a second version??

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    Tron-X -  200+ DOF


6. A company called Kibertron Inc, located in Sofia, Bulgaria has a full scale humanoid project called Kibertron.  Their humanoid looks like a terminator. It is 1.75m tall (5' 9") and weighs 90 Kg (200 pounds). They have a staff of 23.  Kibertron has 82 DOF - that's a lot.  The hands have 20 DOF each and the arms have 8 more DOF for a total of 28 for each arm & hand. 

Here is their project outline

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7. September 10, 2001 Fujitsu Laboratories Inc announced their toy android called HOAP-1, an 18" tall 13 pound android with 20 degrees of freedom. The cost is $41,000 or 4.8 million Yen.  Now they have announced another android called the HOAP-2.   Its about the same size.   (* NEW *)

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8. On Sept. 19, 2003 Sony announced another small humanoid called QRIO.  Its quite similar to the SDR-4X.  It can walk better and can recover from falls better.    (* NEW *)

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9. Sony introduced the SDR-4X for Robodex 2002. Great new android to compete against the HOAP-1.  Movies. Many pictures. Article & more pictures.

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10. Kawada Industries Inc. has introduced the HRP-2P for Robodex 2002.  This humanoid appears to be very impressive. It is 154 cm (60") tall, weighs 58kg (127 lbs) and has 30 DOF. Here is a news release. Notice the LACK of a battery pack.  Here is a new story about HRP2

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