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Honda's Asimo robot keeps on learning (pictures)

The humanoid bot can run, climb stairs, kick balls -- and even knows sign language. He stopped by the New York Auto Show to show off his latest moves.

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Honda's humanoid robot, Asimo

He can run, kick a ball, climb stairs, and even serve drinks!

Honda's humanoid robot, Asimo, stopped by the New York Auto Show to show off his latest moves.

First unveiled in 2000, Asimo has undergone an upgrade, making him more useful -- and human-like -- than ever.

The updated Asimo, which CNET first reported on in 2011, showcases major technological advancements  including increased motor skills and hand dexterity -- he even knows sign language!

CNET Update also took a closer look. Click here for a video or click on for more photos.

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Asimo greets the media

Asimo greets the media during the second press preview day at the 2014 New York International Auto Show Thursday in New York at the Jacob Javits Center.

Asimo -- short for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility -- was designed to help people, potentially in cases of reduced mobility.

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Walking down the stairs

The new Asimo robot demonstrates its ability to walk down stairs at a news conference  in New York Thursday.

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Bar tending bot

Honda's new Asimo Robot demonstrates its bar tending abilities at a demonstration Thursday in New York.

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Asimo and the new Honda FIT

Honda North America shows off its new Asimo Robot along with its new Honda FIT to the media during the second press preview day at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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Asimo dances

Asimo shows off his new moves at the New York Auto Show earlier this week.

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"Hello New York!"

"Hello New York! Thank you for coming today!" the humanoid chirped in English, in the recorded voice of a teenaged boy, at his US debut Wednesday in a Manhattan hotel.

Resembling a tiny astronaut, Asimo -- decked out in a white suit and helmet -- stands 4 feet 3 inches tall and weighs in at 110 pounds.

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Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility

Asimo was designed to help people, potentially in cases of reduced mobility. The first model was unveiled in 2000 after 14 years of research during which scientists studied human movements in an effort to replicate them.

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