The only thing missing from my Blackjack nights with my buddies is a robot dealer dishing out the cards. Fortunately, Yaskawa Motoman Robotics heard my pleas for robotic card distribution, and has demoed SDA10F, a robot dealer who holds all the cards, literally.
SDA10F was shown at the Chicago Automate 2013 convention and was a big hit, no pun intended. The robot dealer uses a vision guidance system called Cognex 2D to identify and distribute cards around the table. The arms distribute the cards around the table using equipped suction cups. The eventual goal is to replace human dealers at casinos because robots don't need breaks, wages or rest. I imagine some employed blackjack dealers would have some issues with being replaced by an automated robot, especially with a game so heavily focused on human interaction like Blackjack is, but this is a great invention, especially if prices can come down for home use.
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