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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.
(Sep 28, 2007)