ASIMO made its first visit to the Pacific Northwest at the Pacific Science Center from Nov. 13-16, 2003.
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Seattle is a city of views. You can see fish flying through the air at Pike Place Market, ferries crossing the Puget Sound, and snow-capped Mt. Rainer from the top of the world-famous Space Needle. And, from November 13-16, the "Emerald City" offered one more exceptional sight - the world's most advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO, climbing a set of stairs at the Pacific Science Center.
On November 13 and 14, 957 students from the Seattle area came to the Pacific Science center to enjoy a high-tech show on robotics, featuring ASIMO. Kids were astounded by ASIMO's human-like characteristics. Their faces lit up when ASIMO appeared on stage with a newspaper in its hand and then walked over to the host to hand it to her. The kids also laughed when the host leaned over to tell ASIMO it was cute and ASIMO bashfully responded by stepping away from her.
By the weekend, the Pacific Science Center was inundated with visitors anxious to see the real-life robot that was not a part of a science fiction novel or a Hollywood movie, but the result of 17 years of research and endeavor by Honda engineers. During each demonstration on November 15 and 16, the room overflowed with people filling every available space to see ASIMO. More than 150 kids and parents squeezed together on the floor in front of the stage so that they could get as close as possible to ASIMO, while the rest of the crowd sat in chairs, kneeled in the aisle, and stood along the sides and back of the room. ASIMO was definitely a "gem" in the "Emerald City," entertaining a total of 3,377 people during its first visit to the Northwest.
ASIMO might be visiting a city near you! To find out if ASIMO is headed your way, please check the tour schedule often for the latest venue and tour information.