A project run in Europe called PACO PLUS has reported interesting advances in development of robot recognition. The robot called ARMAR-III is able to learn new information by its visual as well as touch sensors, and operate accordingly based on the newly acquired information. The four year project aims to develop robots that can operate in real world environments. The robot is a semi humanoid robot, operating on tracks instead of legs and is capable of understanding general verbal commands. Watching the video, it is immediately clear that the robot is one of the most advanced humanoid robots around. For original story, and to see videos of the robot, please visit here. This project looks like one of the few hundred small steps that robotics need to take in the right direction in developing real robot helpers in everyday environments.