Seen here preventing an invisible giant's balls from touching the floor, Honda's ASIMO robot has undergone a series of upgrades, making him lighter, faster, and more autonomous (not to mention less likely to fall up and down stairs). Wonderful news in the middle of a site upgrade, really. LORD JUST TAKE ME NOW.
Honda's robot isn't just smarter, it's lighter, and as a result, faster too. Honda put Asimo on Jenny Craig and it's now 13.2 pounds lighter and can move at 5.59 miles per hour as opposed to the 3.73 miles per hour it was getting before.
The Wall Street Journal had this to say about the new Asimo:
"Honda brags Asimo is capable of "responding to the movement of people and the surrounding situations...Asimo is now capable of predicting the direction a person will walk within the next few seconds based on information from pre-set space sensors and quickly determine to take an alternate path to avoid a collision with the person if the estimated locations of the person and the Asimo intersect."
There's a video of ASIMO running around and hopping on one foot after the jump, which looks suspiciously like a child wearing a robot costume. God, we can only hope. Actually, that's not true -- we could pray too. "AND ask Santa." What the -- and risk not getting a hoverboard? You're out of your f***ing mind!
Hit the jump for a video of the are you faster than 5.59MPH?
Thanks to Lex, Arturo, maddy and KILL IT WITH FIRE (now that's what I'm talkin' about!), who agree there's absolutely no purpose in developing humanoid robots. ZERO, END OF DISCUSSION.