ASIMO robot falls down stairs

Robotics

Most of the time all you see are slick videos of the new bipedal robots flawlessly trotting about, but we like this one, when things go a little wrong… – Link.

The action starts 58 seconds in.

30 thoughts on “ASIMO robot falls down stairs

  1. murph38_99 says:

    ROFL!

  2. aolshove says:

    This video is around a month old so it’s not new and it’s not related to making. You just need to read Digg, Slashdot, or Engadget (all featured this video over a month ago) to keep up to date on stuff like this. I wanna see people making stuff on Makezine!

  3. philliptorrone says:

    one video, of a robot failing down among *thousands* of how-tos, is OK.

  4. DGary says:

    what’s strange is it seemed to completely shutdown before it fell, the leg didn’t try to extend or anything

    makes me not worry so much about my own projects not working right sometimes if the big players can’t keep em working

  5. DGary says:

    what’s strange is it seemed to completely shutdown before it fell, the leg didn’t try to extend or anything

    makes me not worry so much about my own projects not working right sometimes if the big players can’t keep em working

  6. Russtang says:

    Take a look at this Honda commercial which came out after the “falling down incident”. Pay attention at around 25 seconds in to the video. Looks like he’s paying attention this time. ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-2Kq0VqaUY

  7. tms10000 says:

    OMG It’s old news. It’s so old it can’t be called news, it should be called olds. Here the olds from a month ago, OMG. Ooops, sorry :)

    That aside, it looks like Asimo suffers from some kind of failure before it falls down. Mechanical failure? Software failure? I’m willing to blame the hardware (seeing that I am a programmer, that’s my natural instinct)

    Honda keeps improving the thing, I’ve seen it run to. Running is hard. And as opposed to humans, who can build muscles, Asimo just gets mor wear on its servos and drain on batteries …

    And thanks to Mr. Russtang, cool video…

  8. mastershake916 says:

    Really old, I mean it, reeeeally old.

  9. anKo says:

    Wow! I love the privacy screen roll out!

    Some of you actually wasted moments of your life informing the rest of us that you’ve seen this. good job.

  10. Darkcobra says:

    Asimo engineers have already updated the software to handle joint failures in a more appropriate and realistic manner, instead of simply shutting down. Should this happen again, Asimo will writhe around on the floor while screaming “Aaaaiiii! MY KNEE!!!”

  11. dstrcto says:

    It was probably because it wasn’t looking where it was going and/or is running either Vista or OSX

  12. afaust says:

    hope they installed a LifeAlert after this incident…

  13. mrknowitallahole says:

    Asimo can climb stairs, a lot of the time. What else does it do? If I owned this thing, I’d just stick it in the corner and use its arms to hold up flower pots.

  14. moi says:

    Wow, I get tired of snarky commenters who have nothing better to do than inform people of how they’ve seen this video/picture/whatever already. Not everyone spends the majority of their lives on the internet, unlike you, so some of us haven’t seen everything on the damn net. Get over yourself.

  15. Beardy says:

    Not seen it before (how!?). Had to laugh a little. ;)

    You could see it was going to happen – he wasn’t looking where he was going. I’m always reminding my son about that. ;)

    As someone has already said, it makes you view your own projects in a new light when you realise that error is the natural partner to trying.

    Hats off to the Honda engineers, they’re doing amazing stuff. Must have been really hard for them. Reminds me of the saying “the bigger they come, the harder they fall.”

    [m]

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