It looks like our constant paranoia about the impending robot uprising may have been a little premature -- they've just worked out how to sort socks.

A team from the University of California, Berkeley, say it's been able to program a high-tech "PR2" robot to match a pair of socks, turn them the right way and bundle them into pairs.

Currently the bot, which we will call the Sockinator, takes around 15 minutes to pick up two socks from a table, identify they are a match, and bunch them together.

Check out a video of the sock-pairing robot in action ...