Asimo inspires Schadenfreude

by Paul Jay, CBC News Online

The eerily deliberate walking style of the Asimo has captivated us since Honda debuted the line of robots in 2000. It doesn't hurt their charm that the Asimo – which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility – looks a little bit like the astronaut from a Lego space set, complete with cool silver backpack.
But learning to walk like a human remains a work in progress as this video of Asimo wiping out on the stairs during a demonstration shows.
We've been chuckling over this for days now since we first saw it on Engadget, but for those who haven't seen it yet, it's hilarious, particularly the way the presenters handle the crisis.