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ASIMO stars in Spain to inspire the next generation of European scientists

ASIMO was in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday evening where it starred in the City's European Researchers' Night and help inspire the next generation of European scientists and engineers.

The humanoid robot wowed the general public, and in particular young people, at Barcelona's Biomedical Research Park, where visitors learnt more about Honda's groundbreaking research into humanoid robotics and its ultimate goal of developing a robot so advanced that it can genuinely help people.

The Night, which also took place in 28 countries throughout Europe, is part of the European Commission's ‘Researchers in Europe' initiative to excite young Europeans about science by allowing them to get closer to working researchers and scientists. Those attending similar events in Spain's Girona and Donostia were able to enjoy ASIMO's presentation via a live link-up.

 

It was the third year running that ASIMO has been the star attraction at the European Researchers' Night activities, following special appearances in Brussels, Belgium, for the previous two years. It was the first time, however, that the European public had seen the new ASIMO, which made its European debut in Barcelona earlier last week.

The new ASIMO, the culmination of more than two decades of humanoid robotics R&D, incorporates several significant technological advancements over its predecessor including a streamlined new design, even more fluid and quick movements and the ability to run at 6 km/h. It also has several other new mobility and intelligence capabilities.

ASIMO was in Barcelona until 29 September, where it performed in a number of educational shows and initiatives as part of the City's ‘Year of Science' celebrations.

Following its European debut, the new ASIMO will embark on a series of special events and social activities throughout Europe with a particular focus on education, to communicate the importance of science and engineering to society and positively change perceptions by showing just how varied and interesting a career in science and engineering can be.

Photo: Honda

(Sep 28, 2007)


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