Newest Honda Robot Can Climb Stairs, Pour Glass

By: EBU/NBC News Channel
By: EBU/NBC News Channel

Honda's ASIMO robot enters the stage to conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during a program in Detroit, Tuesday, May 13, 2008. ASIMO will conduct Mitch Leigh's "Impossible Dream," a song from the musical "Man of La Mancha." (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Honda's Asimo humanoid robot has got some new moves.

The latest version of Asimo made its European debut in Brussels Wednesday.

The robot can now run about five and a half miles an hour.

That's almost two miles an hour faster than the previous model.

Improved hand dexterity means the robot can open a bottle and pour a drink.

Its communications skills are also improved.

The robot can follow multiple people speaking at the same time and tell their voices apart.

Honda says the advancements take the technology closer to creating a robot for use in the home.

Honda hopes in the future Asimo will be able to assist people in need.

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