Honda hopes robot will help the needy

Honda's newly upgraded humanoid robot Asimo dances as it makes its North American debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Jae C. Hong / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Honda Motor Co. showed off some flashy new technology this week, and we're not talking about the new Accord Coupe concept it unveiled at the auto show in Detroit.

Two decades ago, the car company set out to build a walking robot; Honda set its latest iteration loose at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

In a statement, Honda said it hopes the Asimo, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, will one day be a helper to people in need.

Right now, the robot, which looks like a 4-foot-tall child in a space suit, can walk hand-in-hand with a human, balance on one foot, push a tray and run four miles per hour — sometimes in circles, further showing off its balancing skills.