I was once served tea by Honda's Asimo, arguably the most advanced humanoid robot in the world.
Watching the machine sidle up to my table and serve the tea with the elegance of a veteran waiter, and then bow to me before retreating, was nothing short of astonishing.
The experience reinforced my belief that no matter how many times you see robots in photos or videos, nothing can match a real-life experience.
Asimo can be hard to meet, but with a lavishly illustrated new educational app from IEEE Spectrum, you can get interactive with him and 125 other bots -- from Rethink Robotics' Baxter assembly bot to Waseda University's keyboard-playing Wabot 2, and learn all about them. It's the next best thing to seeing robots up close. … Read more