Odaiba Science and Technology Centre and robot Asimo Tokyo Japan


Robot Asimo, Biology displays and other things at the Odaiba Science and Technology Center
After the mammoth we looked around the technology center, finding out that we missed the Asimo display by 20 minutes. 

Oh no. Didn't even know it was on! 

So if you want to go to Odaiba and see many things at the Science and Technology building, make some time to check the program guide on each floor first! 

If we'd seen Asimo first, though, we would have joined a much longer queue to see the mammoth, so we were very lucky. We got to see Asimo move his head in a cabinet though.

In that section was another robot which, at some point in the morning, had demonstrated that it could slowly pick up a tray of cups with coffee in them and transfer them to a table without spilling it. Robot servants here we come.

There was also a presentation on rescue robots which we stopped to watch which turned out to be disappointing as they weren't really robots at all as they were remote controlled. (Robot means automation right?!)

Around that area was a great big ball with hundreds of screens all around it showing planet Earth from space or weather patterns or just cool 3D patterns that could be shown on a ball shape. Gave a lot of people something to look at.

On the lower level was a hybrid car with six wheels which looked interesting but certainly not environmentally efficient. If you're going to go to the trouble of designing a car that is going to reduce pollution in the atmosphere, why give it six wheels? It'll burn through those every couple of years and you'd be polluting the ground instead! (unless someone burns the tires!)

Then coffee and a moon-something meat pie. Which looked nothing like a pie. - it was a triangle of pastry with a spot of flavoured meat in the middle.

Then up to level 5 where we could see some research on biology and space & time. There were nuclear reactor displays, measurements of photons and other particles as well as detailed slides of slices of people and a great length of DNA jigsaw to be sorted for fun.

My favourite biology exhibit was definitely the pull-apart brain and the plastic corpse that the children were all gleefully ripping to pieces. "Ooooh, look, this bit of the brain comes out too. Now, where do I put this liver?" I did, of course, capture children ripping intestines out, on video.

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