As a response to the news of Foxcon's announcement that they would be acquiring more than a million "human scale" production robots (By human scale they mean of human proportions so that a robot can literally step into an assembly line station to replace a human worker). I designed a highly flexible human scale production robot.
The shear scale of the challenge is staggering, and if successful may lower the costs of robotic technology enough to spear a revolution in pro-sumer power tools.
In the image above the 7six axis arm is sporting a Kinect like vision system at the wrist for 3D scanning, feature recognition.The vision system allows the robot to have a more natural interaction with its human operator. It will recognise hand gestures and hand written notes on work pieces. It will be aware of its environment in real time, tracking obstacles and avoiding collisions. Once it has mapped the work piece and environment it can safely drop the sensor ring and pick up a subtractive tool like a mill or an additive tool like a material deposition head before going about its job.
Alternatively, the arm could use a gripper or manipulator for finishing and assembly functions.