While it does not clean your house or make you dinner, the iCub DeeChee does something a little bit creepier -- talk to you.
Like something out of a science fiction film, the humanoid robot can learn sounds and words by interacting with humans around it. Not only that, but the robot can also pick up on body language cues and mimic appropriate gestural responses like a head shake or a hand movement to accompany the words it uses.
Developed by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire, the robot has been programmed with 40,000 syllables commonly used in the English language. By listening to the syllables that are most often said in a conversation the robot then mimics the sounds used in conjunction with certain actions or when making associations between objects.