Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Eventually, the robot will be the teacher. [At least I think so.]

(AP Photo/Honda Motor Co., HO)

TOKYO (AP) - A walking childlike robot from Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. (HMC) is entering classrooms to help teachers demonstrate the wonders of science.

The 130-centimeter (51-inch) -tall, bubble-headed robot named Asimo has already shown it can jog, walk up stairs, wave, avoid obstacles and carry on simple conversations. It has worked as a guide in showrooms and visited schools as Honda's ambassador. But this is the first time it's being used in science classes as part of the official school curriculum, Honda said.

In a demonstration for reporters at a Tokyo museum Wednesday, a teacher explained to students how the robot has sensors inside its body to maintain balance, and the robot displayed how it can keep its balance by tilting its body while standing on a swaying platform. A wooden figure standing next to it collapsed.