European researchers at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany are developing robots designed to lend a helping hand in the kitchen. The ARMAR-III robots are designed to learn new tasks on the fly and can identify and learn the identity of new objects.
The ARMAR-III objects are a little slow in their movements, but the fact that they can understand and execute tasks such as opening and closing a dishwasher and stacking cups by color is impressive, especially when you consider that all of these tasks were learned, not programmed.
While it will certainly be some time before robots are doing all of our cooking and cleaning, there is little doubt that they will be a big factor in our future one way or another. Check out the video to see the ARMAR-III in action.