In With the New, Day 2

Talk about priming the pump: Christmas has barely faded from memory, and the vaunted Consumer Electronics Show opens today. An estimated 20,000 new products will be introduced at the expo, with more than a few targeting the kitchen. Perhaps next year, MK1 will be there: it's a highly dexterous—graceful, even—pair of robotic arms that employs 20 motors and 129 sensors to mimic the movements of a skilled cook. The plan is to offer this automated helper as part of a kitchen set-up that's equipped with appliances that have been specially designed to work with the 'bot.