ASIMO

In 1986, Honda began developing a two-legged humanoid robot. In 2000, with a major leap in it’s style and function it was given the name ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative MObility). It’s practical application is enhanced by it being relatively short and lightweight but still able to reach light switches and doorknobs or provide services at a table making it suitable for living spaces of various sizes.

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The improved model of ASIMO has some advanced capabilities that are pretty dazzling when you have the chance to see it in motion. I was pretty impressed by its weight-shifting and balance aptitude which, with somewhat of a delay, is a major accomplishment. It appears to be able to harmoniously react to humans physically – knowing how to walk hand-in-hand with a human or even shaking hands in that gently rocking arm motion that happens between two who meet and greet. Basic handling and maneuvering has been improved so that the robot can, for example, push a small grocery cart or carry trays of food or drink without spilling. In the videos below (a bit shaky, sorry), you’ll see, first, a very short bit of history followed by ASIMO walking forward, then backwards (emphasizing the use of sensors), and finally kicking a ball. The second video shows ASIMO‘s Hawaiian hula dance followed by a swift run (well, swift for something a little more than 4 feet tall). Next, you’ll see a pretty groovy video of ASIMO interacting with children in a kind of psychedelic paisley dervish pad and finally, you’ll see a longer, better quality video from the final ASIMO presentation. OK, I’ve added an appearance on QI with Stephen Fry too.

Height: 1.3 m (4.3 ft.)

Weight: 54 kg (119 lbs.)

SpeedWalking: 0 – 2.7 kph (0 – 1.7 mph)

SpeedRunning: 6 kph (3.7 mph)

Sensors: Stereo camera (for human) • Slit laser sensor (for floor shape) •
Ultra-sonic sensor (for obstacles) • IC tag with optical communication unit

 

 

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A nice, short video compilation from Michael Hierner.
I plan on giving you more photos, video and text on many of these projects.

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Philosopher Baruch Spinoza is excommunicated from the Jewish community in Amsterdam for heretical views. “In fact, the true aim of government is liberty.”

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Resistance fighter Buenaventura Durruti forms the “Durruti Column,”
the largest anarchist fighting force in the Spanish Civil War.
“The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history.
We carry a new world here, in our hearts.” 

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Rod Stasick is a composer in the broad sense of the term. He is interested in the creation of event-systems for various situations. Template scores are often created using a combination of graphic signs and symbols that usually suggests a syncretism of styles and methods of performance. Using these methods, he produces works in diverse disciplines (audio, video, text, mail art, conceptualism, etc.) utilizing assorted influences: Eastern Philosophy, Fluxus, The Situationist International, Oulipo, Semiotics, Discrete Event-Systems, random numbers to revamp Zen planning and forms of Information Theory.


  • Psychoacoustics
  • Generative Music
  • Composition
  • Sound Diffusion
  • Interactive Art
  • Installation
  • Sound Design
  • Radiophonic Art
  • Field Recording
  • Electroacoustics
  • Sound Art
  • Performance
  • Sound & Image

  • His studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen (2001-2007) have renewed his interest in various aspects of compositional integration.

    Extensive number of performances
    of experimental works.

    Archivist for the Jerry Hunt Estate


    Percussion studies:

  • Steve McCall
  • Dennis Charles
  • Charles Hammond
  • Gary Burton

  • Eternally grateful to these folks who had, in person, taken the time to encourage me in my compositional work (chronologically listed):

  • Alan Watts
  • John Cage
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Jerry Hunt
  • Alvin Lucier
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Merce Cunningham
  • Buckminster Fuller
  • Nam June Paik
  • Charlotte Moorman
  • Anthony Braxton
  • David Tudor
  • Earle Brown
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Ben Patterson
  • James Tenney
  • Christian Wolff
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen
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