Murasaki Shikibu, famously known for penning The Tale of Genji
, practically has goddess status in Japan. For those who scoff at such a statement, just take a look at the robot above. The MURASAKI stands in at 31-centimeters tall and weighs 1.5-kilograms (3.3-pounds), and while the design is subtle, this gal still demands respect. Reportedly, the bot is powered by NiMH batteries, waltzes about on two wheels and sports an 8-axis system for moving her neck and arms. We're hearing conflicting reports about it actually being on sale or simply being a prototype, but we're sure the misdirection is all part of the allure that makes her so irresistible.