It may not be quite as whimsical as some of Panasonic's other robots
, but the company's new "Parallel link" manufacturing bot might just be one of the most important the company's developed in some time. Not only does it boast a 50% reduction in power consumption compared to some traditional one-armed manufacturing robots, but it's able to learn new tasks simply by having someone move its arm through the motions. It also supposedly has an "affordable" price, although we're guessing it's still a bit out of reach if you're just looking for something to help out around the house. Head on past the break to check it out in action.