Raytron's Chapit has nothing on the University of Tokyo's tea-serving humanoid
, or Honda's helpful Asimo
, but it's got looks in spades, plus it's still more likely to help you around the house than that sluggard Nabaztag
. The bot can recognize voice commands with a vocabulary of 100 words to start, but capacity for up to 10,000 words. You can command Chapit to flip the lights, turn on the TV, and the net-connected bot can even be operated remotely if you're not nearby to shout commands in person. No word on news reading or weather forecasting capabilities, but they seem a shoo-in.