The robot uprising has been delayed slightly, thanks to German engineers. The new Care-O-bot home robot faces several disadvantages if it decides to slaughter us all: First, it only has one highly flexible arm. Secondly, the arm automatically deactivates if a human comes into its radius, thanks to color cameras, 3-D sensors and laser scanners. It "read" human gestures, such as "put down that knife." (Unfortunately, it's also programmed to recognize household objects, such as electric carving knives.) The Care-O-bot is developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart. Click to enlarge. [Science Daily]
It reminds me of the early home robot designs we've had in like the 1970s and such. Same "plastic-fantastic cabinet on wheels with an arm and a sort-of-head and some mildly aesthetic pattern molded on the front" type of thing. But if it can recognize a human being and other objects around it with any degree of accuracy, that's pretty awesome.