Poor old Prince Charles. He hates modern things such as buildings not built with hewn stone, mutant GM crops and his former missus - preferring organic sausages, Palladian villas and talking to plants. Now he has to suffer the indignity of watching a four-foot-high Japanese robot do a little dance and say ‘Hello" in a high-pitched voice.
Honda's Asimo (Advanced Steps in Mobility) greeted Chuck with a "Konnichi-wa" ("good afternoon") before performing a seven-minute step-and-dance routine at the Miraikan Museum in Tokyo. Seven minutes of robot dancing. Seven minutes!
You can imagine the horrible grimace - even worse than his default horrible grimace - when Prince Charles was forced to watch Asimo do its dance routine, waving its arms and legs about.
According to The Telegraph, "Only after Asimo stood first on one leg and then the other with its arms outstretched, before saying ‘bye, bye' in English, did the wary Prince give a half-hearted laugh".
Can we please keep the technology away from the poor old fellow, and leave this sort of stuff to hipsters such as Princes William and Harry?
Picture courtesy of Reuters/Telegraph.