Bend it like Obama. The Commander-In-Chief was just in Japan for a state visit, and his trip took him to a science expo, where he played a bit of soccer with Honda's latest ASIMO robot. The entire scene was captured on video, and showed the innovative robot as it ran, hopped and kicked a soccer ball to a bemused President Obama.

ASIMO had a number of upgrades ahead of its meeting with the president, which were originally shown off to the crowds at the 2014 New York Auto Show. These tweaks to the 110-pound robot included a number of changes in both its upper and lower body to improve stability, speed and balance. Although not shown in this video, Honda claims the lower-body upgrades allow ASIMO to climb faster and more smoothly than ever before. Its hands are more dexterous and expressive, as well, while new sensors give it an even better sense of touch.

Before ASIMO smoothly and effortlessly jogged across the stage, the robot and the President had a brief chat. According to The Wall Street Journal, Obama later told students at the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo that ASIMO and the other robots at the fair "were a little scary. They were too lifelike."

Take a look below for the video of ASIMO and President Obama in action.


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      hugewhitehog
      • 8 Months Ago
      Overheard... Japanese Man In Suit: "Does anybody speak jive?" ASIMO: "I speak jive!"
      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago
      Funny.
      twentyoneautospies
      • 8 Months Ago
      One is a mindless automaton that does the bidding of its Asian masters, the other is...oh,wait...
      twentyoneautospies
      • 8 Months Ago
      Obama "You didn't build that"
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      A certain Honda fanboy is gonna be mad as hell when he sees this.
      Dr Zoidberg
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why don't Honda put as much effort into producing well designed and styled cars at the cutting edge of technology?
        Brian @.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Dr Zoidberg
        CR-V, Odyssey, Civic, and Accord are the top or almost at the top of their respected segments. Especially when you factor out fleet sales (Honda doesn't do fleet sales). Seems like their doing just fine to me.
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Brian @.
          VR-V is a hideous turd that is not the top of it's class for sure. The Odyssey is an oversized stylistic nightmare. The Civic is an ancient joke, and the Accord just recently became relevant again.
          Dr Zoidberg
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Brian @.
          Selling well designed and styled cars at the cutting edge of technology or bland "just-another-car"?
        Daniel D
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Dr Zoidberg
        They make decent enough cars AND they want to own the robotics industry. America has some catching up to do.
          Dr Zoidberg
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Daniel D
          Decent enough!? Damning with faint praise there. If they can make that robot they can sure as hell make far better looking and more involving cars too.
      Jesus!
      • 8 Months Ago
      The sad thing is Asimo could run our country better.
        Daniel D
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        The Japanese already do run most of the successful parts of the US auto industry or hadn't you noticed.
      Brian @.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why do people feel like their political views are somehow more important than everyone elses? You hate Obama, we get it. Now move on and realize you'll have to find someone else to blame in two years. If I were you Obama haters, I would focus on the uber large corporations that actually control this country. Here's my opinion, and keep in mind it means nothing, just like your opinion means nothing: You're an absolute idiot if you think the President of the United States makes any decisions on his own, or has any influence over the direction this country is going. Keep on voting people. It makes you look important.
        Pj Taintz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Brian @.
        why should we have to stop blaming obama in 2 years? he still blames bush and its been 6 years
          Lantern42
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          When is the last time he mentioned anything about Bush?
        porche-evo-datsun
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Brian @.
        well said brian, unlike most, you seem to have read a book or even paid attention to whats going on around instead of just believing the first sensationalized story about how America is falling apart bc our president sucks.... SMDH if ANYONE cared about America they would support this guy instead of congress and the senate and big corporations, but it wont slap 90% of people in the face until its too late, just my opinion, so it means nothing lol
        Jarda
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Brian @.
        Oh, and can you tell us who is it that gives those corporations their power? Could it be that it's US Gov? No no no, that can't be...!!!
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is Stupid. This story is stupid. This stupid story has nothing to do with cars, just getting Obama in the news. How is that 39% approval rating treating you?
        Brian @.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        39% approval from people who's opinions don't mean anything. 39% of nothing, is nothing. The dude got to spend 8 years as a scape goat for a country that allows the richest of the rich to set up safenets to protect their money, their agends, their ideas for whats next. Like I've already said, you're an idiot if you think the President is anything more than a sock puppet at the end of an arm. He controls nothing. Don't believe me? Run for President. Wait, why does it take hundreds of millions to run for President? Hmmm.
      jnfijdnd
      • 8 Months Ago
      i see only one idiot here.. and it's not the robot
        x19x19
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jnfijdnd
        I would rather have the robot as President.
      IBx27
      • 8 Months Ago
      Asimo would make a much better president.
      Arizonarelax
      • 8 Months Ago
      So our President is playing with a Robot while VP Biden is in Ukraine.... Autoblog - What does this have to do with Auto's? So Autoblog do you have any hope or CHANGE left or do subscribe to, "what does it matter"?
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