Edinburgh, Scotland, April 6, 2009 - ASIMO travelled to Scotland this weekend to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the 2009 Edinburgh International Science Festival. It was the first time ASIMO had ever been to the country and nearly 8,000 people came to see the robot perform a series of live stage demonstrations involving the audience, a dancer and a host of helpers.
ASIMO at the McEwan Hall
ASIMO was joined on stage for each performance by TV presenter Fran Robinson and the University of Edinburgh's robot scientist Sethu Vijayakumar, who explained the breakthroughs that have made it possible to create ASIMO and where the future of robotics may take us.
Ken Keir, Managing Director of Honda (UK), said: "We take ASIMO around the world to encourage and inspire young students to study the sciences, so it made perfect sense for us to support this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival."
Simon Gage, Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival said "In our 21 years we have not seen an event that has quite caught the imagination of the public about science as the arrival of ASIMO. There were literally queues on the streets, with nearly 8,000 adults and children coming to see the shows over the weekend. It was an absolutely fantastic way to launch this year's spectacular festival programme and great to see such a buzz about science."
ASIMO receiving daffodils