Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Summary: The best tech snaps of 2011

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  • iCub robot

    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

  • Nokia Kinetic

    This is the Nokia Kinetic device - a concept produced by the Finnish handset manufacturer as a possible future design for the smartphone.

    The handset, demoed in December this year, is built using a system of carbon nanotubes and a flexible elastomer that allows the screen to bent and twisted to navigate through menus and perform tasks.

    To discover more of the tech inside Nokia's R&D labs check out Photos: Inside Nokia's R&D labs - a look at the future of mobile?.

    Photo: James Martin/CNET

Topic: Hardware

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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