Honda has announced it may scrap future generations of Asimo. Asimo, the humanoid robot that was launched in 2000, danced for German leader Angela Merkel and in 2014, played football with former US President Barack Obama.
Honda says it may focus on humanoid robots that can help care for elderly and disabled people. There have been no upgrades to Asimo since the seventh generation debuted in 2011.
I use Asimo in my beginner English class for teaching can and can't. First we talk about what he can do - open and close doors, operate light switches, walk forward and backwards, climb stairs, carry loads, push carts, bend and straighten his joints, raise his arms 105 degrees, etc. Then I ask the student what Asimo can't do and we discuss why he can't. Can he ride a bicycle? Can he talk on the phone? Can he swim? And so on. I can also introduce acronyms - Advanced Step in Innovative MObility with Asimo. In addition, Asimo is so cute!