At the beginning of this year, Honda fulfilled its promise to introduce a completely new line of artificial intelligence-equipped robots that have the ability to interact with humans on a more personal and emotional level. The series is called 3E and initially, 4 different robots were introduced. The development of these machines is open to everyone who desires to contribute to the technology or hardware manufacturing. In fact, Honda invited other robot manufacturers to help and assist in creating something better and more efficient for users.
The name of the series 3E shows that Honda created these robots by keeping the 3 core values in mind including; Empower, Experience and Empathy. This series successfully shows how Honda wants to develop this technology of robots to interact with people on the more personal level and because these robots will be equipped with AI, they will have the ability to observe and learn from human behavior and use that knowledge to show empathy and emotions to the consumers. Although the technology is revealed for viewers at the beginning of 2018, it’s yet to be confirmed by the manufacturer about when these robots will actually be available for purchase in the markets.
Some of the top 3E robots from Honda at CES 2018:
This is the first artificial intelligence based robot that was introduced by Honda. The key focus of this robot is to make the connection between machines and humans better than ever before. Being overruled by the AI in the robots is a common fear among people who think there will be one day in near future when the robots will become self aware and will destroy mankind. With that thought in mind, Honda built A18 which interacts with humans on deeper level and it has the ability to observe human behavior and mood and respond to that. The design of this robot is kind of cute and the exterior is very soft and smooth. Honda assumes that this robot will be widely used in public sector i.e. hotel receptions and shopping malls to assist people in near future.
This is yet another astonishing invention from Honda. This is the second robot in the 3E series and when you look at the design of this robot, it seems like a box with wheels but it can actually interact with people. This robot also has the ability to learn from people and observe their behavior and interact with them with the help of AI. From a moveable cart in the street to a versatile work desk, this robot has a lot of features to offer to the users. On top of all these features, it also has a face that can show various emotions while talking to humans.
This is the third robot in the 3E series and it is designed to help and assist people with disabilities. The basic purpose of this robot is to help elders and disabled people to move around. It has the perfect ability to operate both inside and outside of the house. The seat on this robot is very comfortable and because of the small size, it is very easy to maneuver this robot in small and crowded spaces. This is also equipped with artificial intelligence so it keeps learning from the humans that interact with it. Additionally, this robot has the feature to keep the seat upright position on curves and while climbing a ramp. A user interface is very easy and simple yet elegant enough to think of it as an advanced machine.
This model from Honda is very similar to robots that we keep seeing for military purposes. There are multiple manufacturers that built robotic vehicles to assist soldiers, armed forces and emergency response teams when it’s not safe or ideal for a human to work in a difficult situation. For instance, this robot can go in a building under fire and it can locate and carry humans safely out of the building. This same robot can be used to lift heavy objects on its flat surface thus serving as a movable small vehicle that can perform difficult objectives in narrow or dark places. With the help of GPS and onboard camera, this robot has a completely different approach on how humans are going to use robot vehicles for their convenience in future.