Watch President Obama Play Football With Asimo The Robot
Football and robots. Not only are they two of Japan's great passions, but they also go together surprisingly well. Today, President Obama discovered these strange bedfellows during his trip to the Tokyo's Miraikan Science Expo where he met Honda's loveable robot, ASIMO. Obama seemed enchanted with the humanoid robot who put on quite the show for the visiting President. After running a round and showing of his speed, ASIMO turned to face President Obama and after a brief pause, proceeded to punt the ball rather harder than his playing partner may have expected.
ASIMO stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility and is widely regarded as one of the most dexterous humanoid robots in the world. It may have all been a bit too life-like for President Obama, though, he was overheard saying that the technology on display at the science expo was a bit too real for his tastes. But if one robot playing football is too freaky for him, we advise Mr. President to steer clear of the spectacle that is the Robot World Cup.