Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Asimo UK tour update

EDP24 - Prince upstaged by robot

One of the world's most advanced bipedal robots, Asimo, was the star of the show, despite the Duke of York's presence at the official opening of a £3.5m car Honda centre.

But after handing over the scissors and shaking hands with the Prince, flag-waving school children chanted Asimo's name while his new royal friend toured the showroom and workshop.

The invention then turned and waved to the children from nearby Fen Park, Dell and Meadow Primary Schools, before showing off his talents, including standing on one foot and pretending to be a chicken to the watching media.

And although his battery was running low, the Japanese robot returned later to thank the Prince for his visit.

“Thank you for visiting us today,” Asimo mocked. “It's been a very special occasion for us all.”

EDP24 - Prince upstaged by robot


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