This is a post by Cat McClintock on PTC site.
You might be familiar with the iCub, a toddler-sized, humanoid robot that first showed up in the news in the early 2000s. iCub is more than a cute robot that does cool tricks. It’s an advanced, open source robotics platform designed to support a wide range of community research in cognitive systems, and it made an impressive first debut. In its early days, it was already learning to talk and move like a human, putting in appearances at international conferences, and shaking hands with world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian President Georgio Napolitano.