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Honda's humanoid robot Asimo unveils the new Honda Insight hybrid car during the first media day of the 79th Geneva Car Show at the Palexpo in Geneva on March 3, 2009. | Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters
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Now, a robot that can read your mind!

April 3, 2009

Text: Ian Rowley

Don't expect to see it in a car at your neighborhood Honda dealer soon, but Japan's No. 2 automaker is working on some pretty nifty technology that can control robots by the power of thought alone.

At a Tokyo briefing on March 31, the company introduced reporters to a system that reads people's minds - and then allows those people to control a bipedal robot.

According to the company, the robot, named Asimo (advanced step in innovative mobility), has a 90 per cent success rate at recognising and then carrying out four commands.

Image: Honda's humanoid robot Asimo unveils the new Honda Insight hybrid car during the first media day of the 79th Geneva Car Show at the Palexpo in Geneva on March 3, 2009. | Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters

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