I was watching TechTV today and saw an interview and video clips of ASIMO. This astonishing robot can walk up and down stairs with a very natural human-like gait. The website has half a dozen videos (Quicktime and Windows Media) showing off ASIMO. It’s very hard to believe this is a robot and not an actor playing a robot.
ASIMO might someday serve as another set of eyes, ears, and legs for people in need. This means ASIMO might someday help with important tasks, like assisting the elderly, or a person confined to a bed or a wheelchair. ASIMO might also perform certain tasks that are dangerous to humans, such as moving harmful chemicals or fighting fires.