Honda's Robot Understands Gestures

from the how-much-longer-until-it-becomes-the-terminator dept

Honda has apparently upgraded their cute, but semi-creepy walking upright robot, the Asimo, so that it now understands certain human gestures (in addition to its ability to walk, climb stairs, and understand spoken commands). It can be programmed to recognize certain faces as well, and say the person’s name, while following them as they walk by. If you wave at it, it will wave back to you. It will also follow certain gesture commands as to where it should go. I wonder if the facial recognition is any good. Can you imagine airport security using it? “Hi, Mr. Terrorist, can I hand you some Honda literature?”

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