In what is turning out to be one of the most entertaining marketing stunts of the past few years, Nabisco's Cookie vs Cream challenge is attracting all kinds of talented minds from. Robotic researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have even drafted their advanced bot HERB into an Oreo-separating service.
Surprisingly, HERB is able to remove one of the cookie layers with as much precision as a master surgeon — most of the time. Using the sharp blade of a cheese slicer, it's able to scrape most of the cream off the other.
As far as robotic development goes, this is a big step. It's even bigger for mankind, because, now that we've freed ourselves from the toil of separating Oreos, we can finally tackle other issues like hunger and world peace. [YouTube via Automaton]