Asimo Makes Its UK Debut
The New ASIMO made its UK debut yesterday in the North East of England with a mission to inspire the regions' next generation of engineers.
Honda's humanoid robot travelled to the North East to attend the annual Youth Engineering Show (YES), this year held at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton le Spring, near Newcastle.
The show, which runs from the 24th - 26th June, is a fast moving 85-minute educational event involving presentations, interviews, demonstrations and videos about the world of engineering - as well as a performance of the New ASIMO itself. Over the three days, it provides an opportunity for around 7,000 year 7 and 8 students (11-14 year olds), to sample first hand the importance of engineering in modern day life and appreciate the range of career options available in this diverse field.
The new ASIMO is the culmination of more than two decades of humanoid robotics R&D and incorporates several significant technological advancements over its predecessor. These include: a streamlined new design; even more fluid and quick movements; improved interaction with people and the ability to run at 6 km/h.
ASIMO was first brought to Europe in 2003 and since then has demonstrated a further ability; the ability to inspire young people to study science and engineering. Indeed, the positive responses to ASIMO as a science education ambassador are universal and cross cultures and languages.
Honda has supported the Youth Engineering Show since 2005 and continues to forge additional links with European educational groups and initiatives.