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Honda's Asimo plays soccer with President Obama!

Last updated on: April 29, 2014 17:10 IST

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Honda Motor's humanoid robot ASIMO greeted US President Barack Obama at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Honda

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Amazed by Asimo’s capabilities, Obama joined the robot to play a game of soccer.

ASIMO told Obama, “I can really run fast. I can kick a soccer ball, too.” 

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Photographs: Reuters

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Obama found the robot “life-like” and was impressed by its capabilities.

ASIMO stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility. ASIMO was created to be a helper for ailing people.

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Photographs: Larry Downing/Reuters

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The latest robot features enhanced hand movements, including the ability to sign in both Japanese and American sign language, as well as the ability to run faster than previously, climb stairs more smoothly, hop, jump, balance on one foot, and transition seamlessly between walking and running, among other new and unique capabilities.

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Image: ASIMO greets German actress Anke Engelke.
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“ASIMO was designed to help those in society who need assistance, and Honda believes that these improvements in ASIMO bring us another step closer to our ultimate goal of being able to help all kinds of people in need,” said Satoshi Shigemi, Senior Chief Engineer with Honda R&D Co., Ltd. in Japan, responsible for humanoid robotics.

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Image: Honda's second version of the humanoid robot Asimo climbs a flight of stairs in Barcelona.
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ASIMO’s height of four feet, three inches makes it ideal for helping around the house, or assisting a person confined to a bed or a wheelchair.

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Image: Japan's mime artists HIRO-PON and Ketch performs with Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo.
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ASIMO’s size also allows it to look directly at an adult sitting in a chair or sitting up in bed for easy communication. 

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Image: Asimo plays a ball during a presentation at the university of Bielefeld during its first appearance in Germany.
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Honda started developing humanoid robots in 1986. 

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Image: Asimo pours a drink into a cup during a news conference at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo.
Photographs: Toru Hanai/Reuters

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The world’s first self-regulating, bipedal (two-legged) humanoid robot, named P2, was completed by Honda in December 1996. 

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Image: Asimo serves tea to a visitor during the Johannesburg International Motor Show at Nasrec in Johannesburg.
Photographs: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
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P3, the first completely independent, bipedal humanoid walking robot, arrived in September 1997.

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Image: Yukio Hatoyama shakes hands with Asimo.
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P3 stood 5’2” tall and weighed 286 pounds (130 kilograms).  ASIMO was completed October 31, 2000 and remains the most advanced humanoid robot ever created, says Honda.

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Image: Asimo pushes a cart at the Honda headquarters in Tokyo.
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The new model of ASIMO is powered by a 51.8v lithium ion (Li-ION) battery.

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Image: Asimo makes introductions at an exhibition pavilion inside the media center for G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
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ASIMO can operate for approximately one hour on a single battery.

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Image: Asimo serves some drinks during a presentation at the university of Bielefeld during its first appearance in Germany.
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Asimo salutes the crowd in Barcelona during its first appearance in Europe.

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Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters

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Asimo demonstrates its ability to hop during a demonstration for the media at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the New York International Auto Show in New York.

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Photographs: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

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Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo (R) runs past the audience at a Tokyo science museum during its first appearance outside Honda's facilities.

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Asimo walks after it was presented by Motor manufacturer Honda at the annual car exhibition Helsinki Motor Show in Helsinki.

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Photographs: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/Reuters

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ASIMO, joined by the U3-X for the first time ever in Europe, is performing at the Moscow International Automobile Show.

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ASIMO entertains people at an AirVenture event.

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