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The Robotville exhibition at London Science Museum in December showcased the robots that could one day find their way into our homes and offices.
This is iCub, a diminutive robot that can engage with the world around it in a variety of ways.
iCub is able to learn about itself and the outside world by playing with people and objects. The robot can see through cameras in its head and feel using electrostatic sensors in its hands. The robot is able to carry out a range of human-like motions, such as crawling, sitting up and reaching for a ball.
The robot was made by the Italian Institute of Technology and is designed to investigate how people interact with humanoid robots.
For more photos of robots at the exhibition see Photos: One day, will these robots be a familiar sight in your home or office?.
Photo: Nick Heath/silicon.com