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Obama Tickles Robotic Giraffe at White House Maker Faire

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:16:12 +0000

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama encountered an unlikely character on the White House South Lawn Wednesday morning -- a 17 foot tall, 2,200 pound robotic giraffe named Russell.

At one point, the president reached out and touched the giraffe underneath his chin, prompting a giggle from the robotic animal, who runs his own artificial intelligence program.

“Hehe that tickles,” Russell the robotic giraffe, whose horns are made of silver glittery lava lamps, said with a British accent.

Lindsay Lawlor, the owner and creator of the giraffe, said people can ride the giant robotic creature, which is powered by a 12-horsepower hybrid fuel-engine motor.

“The Secret Service may not let us do that,” Obama said.

Russell the robotic giraffe is one of 30 exhibits at the first ever White House Maker Faire, an event featuring student and entrepreneurial projects in the White House’s latest push to highlight the potential of the future of manufacturing in the U.S.

Other projects featured at the event include a banana piano and PancakeBot, a device that prints 3D pancakes.

The White House is streaming the Maker Faire on their website and even features a “Giraffe Cam” during intermission.

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