08/04/2011 03:13 pm ET | Updated Oct 04, 2011

Cookie-Baking Robot: MIT's CSAIL Design Team Develops Robotic Pastry Chef (VIDEO)

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), a longtime robotics pioneer, just released a video of a new robot that can bake cookies from scratch. "Bakebot" was developed by MIT grad student Mario Bollini using the versatile robotics platform PR2. You may, hearing this, doubt that baking cookies is such a hard task... aren't there factories that automate almost the entire process? Yes -- but Bakebot is no factory. Instead, it uses visual recognition software and internal scales to find and measure ingredients in a room. Bakebot even uses a spatula to scrape the last bits of dough from its mixing bowl into the cookie pan.

Bakebot is no Rosey The Robot -- but it still makes for some great video.