ZMP Inc. is selling a humanoid home security and entertainment robot in Tokyo for the reasonable price of US$5,450.
The 15-inch tall, 5.5 pound robot called nuvo from ZMP Inc. also comes in a fancier $8,200 version with the same functions and a design inspired by lacquer-ware painted on its body.
The robot can walk, get up and respond to voice commands such as "turn right." It links to mobile phones so that people can check on images of their homes taken on a digital camera inside the robot's head. It can be controlled by a remote and is programmed to do a dance. It also makes musical sounds.
Doesn't sound like much of a security robot, but it's got most of the difficult subsystems already in place: you can control it remotely, and see through the camera. It's only a matter of time before someone usurps an arm actuator and welds on a .22.
(HT: Reader John, and Drudge apparently.)