Friday, October 26, 2007

Great Robot Exhibition Showcases Centuries of Japanese Bots

The retrospective shows dozens of robots, with a special hall for Honda's Asimo, the world's premier humanoid. Thematically divided into karakuri (clockwork dolls), imagination (anime, manga and toys) and real machines, the show depicts robot development in Japan as a grand procession from medieval automatons to sci-fi fantasies to actual mechatronic men. There's more than a touch of national pride in robotic prowess here, even though the perfect plastic partner has yet to be made. But dreaming is part of the fun.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is Asimo named for Isaac Asimov or is the similarity just coincidental? I can't recall where I read this, but I seem recall that this was the case and Asimo IS named after Asimov. (The Japanese can't pronounce our "v"?)

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