HuffPost: Last week, President Obama visited Japan to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. He also took some time out to interact with the country’s advanced robots.
Obama listened to the croonings of the HRP-4C singing android and petted a moving, squealing plush seal ‘bot used to cheer hospital patients.
The president’s hosts also sat him down in the futuristic Toyota i-Real, a single-person pod car that reaches speeds of up to 15km/hr, reports TechCrunch.
Though Obama wasn’t quite up for the challenge of driving the i-Real, he did say “That’s what we’re going to be driving” as he exited the vehicle.
“Meeting with robots was probably more enjoyable than the often tough negotiations attended in recent days,” Obama said, according to NewsKF.
President Barack Obama observes the Cybernetic Human Robot prior to the start of the APEC dinner at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan, Nov. 13, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama looks at a robot that plays soccer, built by a team from Blue Bell, Pa, as he tours the science projects on display in the State Dining Room of the White House. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair to showcase the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions
President Barack Obama talks to students from Mulholland Middle School in California
…with Erika DeBenedictis, 18, a student at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico