For all the wonders of the 21st century it must be said that - so far at least - robots are a disappointment.
As such it is always heartening when any development, however minor, is made in the field of mechanical men.
Enter Asimo, Honda's humanoid robot who for more than a decade has been wowing, delighting (and, truth be told, slightly disappointing...) robotics fans with its remarkable abilities.
Now the Japanese company has unveiled a new version of its loveable android. Among its new talents are: moving around without control by an operator, running at a speed of nine miles an hour and - get this - hopping.
That's right. Asimo can hop. Take that Astroboy!
He can also pour drinks, has 23 more degrees of freedom and weighs a lot less. It can also recognise up to 5 people speaking at once. Neat.
Take a look at some of the videos below, courtesy of The Verge, where you can also find more images and clips of the creepy little creature.