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Shaking hands with ASIMO

Shaking hands with ASIMO
ASIMO is not autonomous, but programmed to perform specific tasks. When approached, it will stop and wait for commands.

Hand command
ASIMO isprogrammed recognize and respond to several hand gestures, including ‘stop’, ‘g   there’, and ‘hand shake’.
Servo motors
ASIMO’s joints and limbs are powered by 34 servo motors. When it processes the hand shake sign, it brings its arm and hand into position.
Force sensors
Sensors in ASIMO’s wrists help it to apply the exact amount of force necessary to push its cart, or to step backwards or forwards when being pushed or pulled.

Shaking hands with ASIMO, Programming, Servo motors, Force sensors, Robotics and AI

Robotics and AI
The world’s most advanced robots navigate their environments with sensors that mimic our senses of vision, hearing, touch and balance. The lifelike androids designed by Hiroshi Ishiguro at the Intelligent Robots Laboratory use real-time facial recognition software to mimic the facial movements of the ‘controller’.

Walking robots like ASIMO are equipped with an internal gyroscope and speed sensor to help it maintain balance, even when shoved. Infrared and ultrasonic sensors are used to gauge the distance of the floor and the speed and path of approaching objects. Sensors in hands and feet help it ‘feel’ the six axes of force – up/down, left/right, forwards/backwards – and the degree of force applied.