It seemed like such a good idea.

Use Honda's most cutting-edge humanoid to act as a tour guide for the Miraikan Museum dedicated to the history of robotics.

Only there have been a few glitches. Asimo, as the nimble-footed robot chap is called, can't tell the difference between people waving or taking a photo.

Or respond to verbal questions.

Or tell the diference between an adult and a child.

Or comprehend the meaning of hand gestures.

In fact when asked what job Asimo would be good at, Honda said "helping people to buy tickets from a vending machine".

Hardly revolutionary.

But this does do a disservice to the incredible technology that goes into Asimo who has been continuously developed for 13 years.

He can walk, negotiate steps, dance and play the violin. He can even run which requires both feet being off the ground at the same time, a remarkable achievement for a robot.

The latest prototype was sent into the destroyed reactor 2 in Fukushima, damaged during the 2011 earthquake, to test for radiation levels.

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  • Honda Motor Co.’s interactive robot Asimo talks with visitors at a demonstration event in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The walking, talking interactive robot ran into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo. During Wednesday's demonstration, the bubble-headed Asimo machine had problems telling the difference between people raising their hands to ask questions and those aiming their smartphones to take photos at the Miraikan science museum. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

  • Honda Motor Co.’s interactive robot Asimo walks up a set of stairs during at a demonstration event at the Miraikan science museum, in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The walking, talking interactive robot ran into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo. During Wednesday's demonstration, the bubble-headed Asimo machine had problems telling the difference between people raising their hands to ask questions and those aiming their smartphones to take photos at the Miraikan science museum. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

  • Honda Motor Co.’s interactive robot Asimo gestures while talking with visitors at a demonstration event at the Miraikan science museum, in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The walking, talking interactive robot ran into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo. During Wednesday's demonstration, the bubble-headed Asimo machine had problems telling the difference between people raising their hands to ask questions and those aiming their smartphones to take photos at the Miraikan science museum. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

  • Honda Motor Co.’s interactive robot Asimo gestures while talking with visitors at a demonstration event at the Miraikan science museum, in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The walking, talking interactive robot ran into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo. During Wednesday's demonstration, the bubble-headed Asimo machine had problems telling the difference between people raising their hands to ask questions and those aiming their smartphones to take photos at the Miraikan science museum. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

  • Honda Motor Co.’s interactive robot Asimo gestures while talking with visitors at a demonstration event at the Miraikan science museum, in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The walking, talking interactive robot ran into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo. During Wednesday's demonstration, the bubble-headed Asimo machine had problems telling the difference between people raising their hands to ask questions and those aiming their smartphones to take photos at the Miraikan science museum. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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    Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo interacts with visitors at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on July 3, 2013. Honda developed an autonomous behavior control technology, which enables Asimo to make decisions required to behave in concert with the movements of the surrounding people without being controlled by an operator. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo interacts with visitors at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on July 3, 2013. Honda developed an autonomous behavior control technology, which enables Asimo to make decisions required to behave in concert with the movements of the surrounding people without being controlled by an operator. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo interacts with visitors at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on July 3, 2013. Honda developed an autonomous behavior control technology, which enables Asimo to make decisions required to behave in concert with the movements of the surrounding people without being controlled by an operator. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo interacts with visitors at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on July 3, 2013. Honda developed an autonomous behavior control technology, which enables Asimo to make decisions required to behave in concert with the movements of the surrounding people without being controlled by an operator. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo interacts with visitors at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on July 3, 2013. Honda developed an autonomous behavior control technology, which enables Asimo to make decisions required to behave in concert with the movements of the surrounding people without being controlled by an operator. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ASIMO, Honda's Humanoid Robot, performs on the occasion of the opening a new showroom for Honda cars, hosted by al-Ghanem motors, in Kuwait City on June 9,2013. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ASIMO, Honda's Humanoid Robot, performs on the occasion of the opening a new showroom for Honda cars, hosted by al-Ghanem motors, in Kuwait City on June 9,2013. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Honda Motors' humanoid robot ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) carries the coffees as it demonstrates its skills, in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

  • Honda Motors' humanoid robot ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) waves as it demonstrates its skills, in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

  • Honda Motors' humanoid robot ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) kicks a ball as it demonstrates its skills, in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

  • In this undated photo released by Honda Motor Co., its Asimo walking talking robot shows its new product lawn mower Milmo. Honda finally has its first product for the home packed with its prized robotics technology — a sensor-equipped lawn mower. Miimo goes on sale next year, selling for 2,100 euros ($2,600) to 2,500 euros ($3,000), in only Europe. The machine, which looks a bit like iRobot Corp.'s Roomba vacuum cleaner, continuously shaves about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) off the grass, maneuvering itself on slopes. (AP Photo/Honda Motor Co.) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • FILE - In this April 27, 2012 file photo, visitors watch a Honda Asimo robot performing at a showroom at the headquarters of Honda Motor Co. in Tokyo. Canon Inc. is moving toward fully automating digital camera production in an effort to cut costs - a key change being played out across Japan, a world leader in robotics. If successful, counting on machines can help preserve this nation's technological power - not the stereotype of machines snatching assembly line jobs from workers, Jun Misumi - company spokesman, said Monday, May 14. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

  • Visiting Chilean President Sebastian Pin

    Visiting Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (R) and his wife Cecilia Morel (2nd R) enjoy a demonstration of Honda's humanoid robot 'Asimo' (L) at a science museum in Tokyo on March 29, 2012. Pinera is now here on a three-day visit to Japan following his attendance at the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit on March 26-27. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Visiting Chilean President Sebastian Pin

    Visiting Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (R) and his wife Cecilia Morel (2nd R) enjoy a demonstration of Honda's humanoid robot 'Asimo' (L) at a science museum in Tokyo on March 29, 2012. Pinera is now here on a three-day visit to Japan following his attendance at the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit on March 26-27. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Honda robot named 'Asimo' runs at 9kmh

    A Honda robot named 'Asimo' runs at 9kmh during a demonstration of its new fuctions, at the company's laboratory in Wako city, suburban Tokyo on November 8, 2011. The new Asimo can move without being controlled by an operator after its 'intelligence' and physical ability to adapt to situations was improved. AFP PHPOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ketch (L) and Hiro-pon (2nd L), members

    Ketch (L) and Hiro-pon (2nd L), members of the Japanese pantomime group Gamarjobat, take part in a promotional ninth birthday party for Japanese auto giant Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo (R) at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on October 31, 2009. Asimo, which officially stands for 'Advanced Step in Innovative MObility', was the culmination of two decades of humanoid robotics research by Honda engineers, who first began research on the project in the 1980s and then unveiled 'him' in 2000. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ketch (L) and Hiro-pon (2nd L), members

    Ketch (L) and Hiro-pon (2nd L), members of the Japanese pantomime group Gamarjobat, take part in a promotional ninth birthday party for Japanese auto giant Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo (R) at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on October 31, 2009. Asimo, which officially stands for 'Advanced Step in Innovative MObility', was the culmination of two decades of humanoid robotics research by Honda engineers, who first began research on the project in the 1980s and then unveiled 'him' in 2000. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)