Japan's HRP robot flexes muscles at Obama

President Obama gets a dose of cyber-cuteness from Japanese robots at an APEC summit in Yokohama over the weekend.

Japan's HRP-4C shows off her guns to President Barack Obama. Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET

President Obama stood his ground in an encounter with an advanced humanoid robot in Japan over the weekend, shrugging off its threatening body language and obvious desire to destroy humanity.

Obama came face to face with HRP-4C, notorious for her attempts to beguile complacent humans with a cute song and dance routine. Developed by Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the infamous fembot was cunningly designed with a human face to fool members of our species.

Meeting the droid on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Yokohama, however, Obama merely smiled when she defiantly raised her large man hands.

He lavished attention on Paro, a therapeutic robot seal also developed by AIST. Check out the video here.

The president also tried Toyota's i-Real concept tricycle, initially rolled out at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, and quipped, "That's what we're going to be driving."

In case you missed it, the video below shows the girlbot demoing her advanced vocal technologies at CEATEC in Tokyo last month. Her performance is based on AIST's tech that allows her to mimic human singing and facial expressions (she previously used a Yamaha program that synthesized singing directly).

Obama seemed immune to HRP's siren song, but seeing as how she's already infiltrated a high-level summit like APEC, there's no telling what she's capable of.


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