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iulio Sandini cannot help smiling as his child reaches out a hand and
 

Summary: G
iulio Sandini cannot help smiling
as his child reaches out a hand and
tries to grasp the red ball that Sandini
keeps waving before his eyes. "He
is getting really good at it," he says, with the
proud tone of any father. True, most fathers
would expect more from their three-year-old
than the ability to grasp a ball. But Sandini is
indulgent: although the object of his affection
has the wide eyes and rounded cheeks of a little
boy, he is, in fact, a robot.
His name is iCub or, as the team calls him,
iCub Number 1. Together with his brothers
nowinlaboratoriesaroundtheworld,thislittle
robot may help researchers to understand how
humanslearnandthink.Graspingaballisonly
afirststep,saysSandini,directorofthe
robotics and cognitive-sciences
department at the Italian Insti-

  

Source: Andrzejak, Ralph Gregor - Departament de Tecnologia, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences