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.

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