If you thought Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man character took a cold, calculating approach to gambling, he’s got nothing on Yaskawa Motoman Robotics’ new SDA10F blackjack dealing robot. Using a sophisticated vision system it’s even able to recognise the cards it’s dealing, so casinos could still use their standard Bicycle decks.
Like any robot employee it would never need to take breaks, or ever leave for that matter. But in a casino it would be particularly useful since it would also never hide an ace up its sleeve, attempt to skim profits, or cheat in anyway — until someone finds a way to hack it. [YouTube via Ubergizmo]